Emile Heskey has paid tribute to England strike partner Wayne Rooney ahead of Wednesday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against minnows Andorra at Wembley. Both players were on target in Saturday's 4-0 victory in Kazakhstan, which for the Aston Villa man included a first competitive international goal in seven years.
The pair have established themselves as the first-choice partnership under Fabio Capello, and Heskey is delighted with how things are going.
"Wayne Rooney's a great player, he's shown it for his club on many occasions and for England, so it's working well," he said. "It's nice to get on the scoresheet but I'll keep plugging away and hopefully get some more."
It's going to be a difficult game after coming back from Kazakhstan, we're very focused and hopefully we'll get the result.
England's victory in Almaty made it six from six on the road to South Africa 2010, and a seventh win at Wembley seems a certainty given Andorra's lowly position. But Heskey insisted England will have to be fully focused, particularly given the amount of travelling they have endured over the last few days.
"It's going to be a difficult game after coming back from Kazakhstan, we're very focused and hopefully we'll get the result," he said. "It's difficult with the time difference, I've felt tired all the time, but hopefully it'll be okay."
While Heskey has re-established himself in the squad, there is still no place for Michael Owen. There have been rumours the Newcastle United player could be a target for Villa this summer, and Heskey would relish linking up with his former Liverpool and England strike partner.
"It would be nice," added the 31-year-old. "Obviously Michael's a great player, he's shown that on many occasions. He's been knocked and got up and performed again."