England have confirmed that Emile Heskey has withdrawn from tonight’s EURO 2004 qualifier against Macedonia.

The Liverpool striker pulled out due to an ongoing groin problem which was aggravated in training ahead of tonight’s clash in Southampton.

The FA’s director of communications, Paul Newman, confirmed: “Emile is unfit and will be going back to his club. Sven-Goran Eriksson thought it would be silly to risk him and so he is returning to Liverpool with the hope of being fit for his club.”

Leeds’ striker Alan Smith is expected to stand-in for Heskey.

Kelsey Media Ltd
The Granary, Downs Court
Yalding Hill
Kent ME18 6AL
01959 541444

© 2022 Kelsey Media Ltd

Save 50% today!

Subscribe to World Soccer magazine and receive your first 13 issues for only £38.94!