Emile Heskey has revealed he may have to leave Aston Villa in January if he is to secure his England place at next year’s World Cup finals.
Heskey is a first-choice striker for Fabio Capello’s England but a substitute at club level under Martin O’Neill, starting just one game in the Premier League this season.
And the striker admits he will be forced to assess his options should he fail to break into O’Neill’s starting XI by the end of the year.
“I’m happy to be playing for England and, obviously, not playing at club level is difficult,” he said in the Guardian. “It’s something I will have to look at when I get back and try to address it.”
Asked whether that meant he would seek a move in the winter transfer window, Heskey said: “That’s what I mean. I will have to sit down and think about my next move. I don’t know whether I can get a World Cup place if I’m not playing for Villa.
“The manager (Capello) hasn’t really spoken to me about it. I just have to keep performing well in training and keep going. But you always wonder about those kind of things, whether it will affect my chances. I will just have to try to address it when the time is right.”