Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He has made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League over an 18-year career and represented England in international football.
Heskey was born on January 11, 1978, in Leicester, Leicestershire, to a family of Antiguan descent, and his father, Tyrone Heskey, ran the security of nightclubs in Leicester. He attended the City of Leicester School, Evington.
Emile Heskey Career
Heskey started his career with Leicester City after progressing through their youth system, making his first-team debut in 1995. After winning the League Cup in 1997 and 2000 he made an £11 million move to Liverpool in 2000, which, at the time, was the record transfer fee paid by the club. At Liverpool, he won multiple honors, including the FA Cup in 2001. In 2004, he moved to Birmingham City and after their relegation from the Premier League, he signed for Wigan Athletic for a club-record £5.5 million fee in 2006.
In 2009, he signed for Aston Villa and was released in 2012 before signing for A-League club Newcastle Jets. After two years, he returned to England, finishing his career with Championship club Bolton Wanderers.
Heskey was an England international at under-16, under-18, under-21, B, and senior levels. He made his England debut against Hungary in a 1–1 draw in 1999. He lost his place in the squad after UEFA Euro 2004, during which he failed to shine and was the subject of much criticism. After a long lay-off from international duty, Heskey was recalled to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers in September 2007. He retired from international football following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, having attained 62 caps and scored 7 goals for his country.
Emile Heskey Style of Play
Heskey played as a striker, being a mobile but powerful target man, gifted with pace, physical strength, and an ability to utilize his height to win aerial challenges; he was also an intelligent and hard-working player, known for his movement and athleticism. His play was likened to “a blunt instrument with which to bludgeon defenses”. He was also used in a more withdrawn role on occasion during his time with Aston Villa, functioning as an attacking midfielder, whose role was to link up the midfield with the attack, or even as a central midfielder.
Emile Heskey Relationship
Heskey was the partner of Kylee Pinsent but left her in 2004. He married Chantelle (née Tagoe) in May 2014 at Rookery Hall, Cheshire.He started seeing Tagoe secretly in 2002, who worked part-time as a waitress at a lap-dancing bar in Liverpool, while still in a relationship with Pinsent. Following the revelation of his two-year affair with Tagoe, Pinsent broke up with Heskey.
He is the father of six children, three of them with former partner Pinsent and three with Tagoe.
Emile Heskey Honors
Football League First Division play-offs: 1996
Football League Cup: 1996–97; 1999–2000; runner-up: 1998–99
FA Cup: 2000–01
Football League Cup: 2000–01, 2002–03
FA Charity Shield: 2001
UEFA Cup: 2000–01
UEFA Super Cup: 2001
Football League Cup runner-up: 2009–10
Birmingham City Player of the Season: 2004–05
Birmingham City Players’ Player of the Season: 2004–05