Former Liverpool and Leicester City star tells his story, a must read!

The book of Emile Heskey, his biography “Even Heskey Scored” is out now, don’t miss this one from one of the best Leicester City footballers of all time. A key and pinnacle in the sides of Martin O’Neill, winning the EFL Cup twice and also doing top 10 performances in the Premier League.

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Emile is often back at Leicester City and has taken an ambassador role at the club. His presence for his team and the way he emerged from a young talent to a full blooded English international during his days at the club makes you just smile and think of how great players can become by being with this club from an early age.

He is often seen at King Power and as showing support for his club, the people and of course being among those giving his condolences last year to Leicester City owner Vichai. Emile was also one of a group of former players to donate a big share to keep Leicester City floating back in the days of administration and heavy financial difficulties.

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You will find the same route and pattern of Emile Heskey in the careers of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Gary Lineker all adding up severe amount of England caps and playing in the World Cup, while coming into the limelight of football and making their full international debuts as Leicester City players.

Emile, played in all those finals and great games under MON, but most fans just remember the goals of Steve Claridge, the point marking by Pontus Kamark and those two great goals from Matt Elliott, all going down as “focus” of those moments.

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That night in September 2001, when England hammered Germany 5-1 in Munich, Emile Heskey was among the most influential players. This was a World Cup qualifier and in front of 63,000 spectators, Emile scored the final goal, also got booked by one of the finest referees in the game, Pierluigi Collina, and being a “monster” up front as the German players just couldn’t stop him.

The England team that night was a settled group, all players in the starting in the starting line-up coming from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, expect for one, Rio Ferdinand, who at that time represented Leeds United. A funny fact was that Germany took the lead after six minutes from a Carsten Jancker goal, the rest is history.

Emile was picked for the 2002 and 2010 World Cup’s, and added up 62 full caps all together, scoring only 7 goals, but as he titled his book, “Even Heskey Scored”.

A career not only at Liverpool and Leicester City, but also playing for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, to Australia and Newcastle Jets, and back again finishing it all at Bolton Wanderers late in his 30’s. To stay on in professional game for 22 years is a great achievement in it self, playing a total of more than 600 league games in English football, makes you a legend wherever you go.

In the book you of course get the obvious talk about racism and also Emile got affected by this as so many other colored have in the past. He reflects on this as he tells his story.

A book for the collector and those who really likes a story of those great days and him playing alongside and against some of the best players the World has ever seen in a decade of great games and fantastic talent.

Everton and Liverpool destroying weekend for Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez

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Leicester City faced an Everton side who had their heads right and came away with a 2-1 at King Power. Especially Brazilian duo Bernard and Richarlison gave Leicester enough trouble to upset a descent run of results lately.

A 2nd half goal from Iceland international Gulfi Sigurdsson made it possible for Everton to bring all points back to Merseyside.

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The fact that Wes Morgan had to leave the field early in 2nd half made it difficult, despite a promising display by Leicester City during most periods of the game.

A day after Leicester’s defeat to Everton, Manchester City are playing Liverpool on Anfield, and a game looking like a 0-0 draw explodes into action when Leroy Sane is brought down by Virgil Van Dijk and a penalty is given.

Gabriel Jesus is the one chosen to take the penalty, but a message from Pep Guardiola changes that and Riyad Mahrez steps forward. He has missed five penalties in his last eight attempts so why he was the “chosen one” few understands.

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Mahrez can’t convert and the ball goes straight up in the air, above the goal and into the stands, what a disgraceful penalty, badly taken and what could have been a great day for Man City bringing home their first win at Anfield under Guardiola ends in a 0-0 draw.

Not the best of weekends if you support Leicester City and have an eye for former players and how they are doing around in other clubs, this was not good at all.

Newcastle 0, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Leicester came up to St James Park as favorites for todays game with a good run of games under their belt. Newcastle and Rafa Benitez has a bit of a crisis and were also without their top target man Jose Rondon.

As always Tcf is not in line with the team selection of Puel and as we had predicted Wes Morgan was back, partnering Harry Maguire, who had been under a bit of criticism, had his rest against Wolves, and was back to his very best.

Pereira was pushed forward, giving space for Daniel Amartey at right back and today against a team like Newcastle, Amartey functioned as an alternative to the right, but again Puel has a bit of problem with the right back position.

The game was relatively open in the first 30 minutes without really being a very entertaining affair. In the 30th minute Harry Maguire went up for a challenge in the Newcastle penalty area and a handball from Yedlin results in a penalty

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Jamie Vardy is the preferred penalty taker and he converts, City are in the lead. Vardy’s shot is down in the left side corner and it’s a good penalty never really any doubt about the outcome. Leicester controls the situation and goes into half time with a secure lead.

Newcastle looked pure, just pure, during the game and it’s easy to see that Rafe Benitez is struggling to find a solution, and again not able to put almost no pressure on Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester City during 90 minutes.

2nd half is again very much Leicester City and to see the team in this way is great, 59 % ball possession and really tearing Newcastle apart. The 2-0 goal was a beauty from Harry Maguire going so high in the air that you would think he would come down again.

James Maddison’s corner is also perfect for Maguire to hit, high above the birds, and so well placed that the Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka has no chance to save it.

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Leicester dominated this clash after 2-0 and full control as earlier said against a Newcastle team without spirit, but that is not Claude Puels concern. To see this team today, not as Tcf would have seen the line-up, is encouraging and all credit to Puel who shows that he was right in his team selection.

No one is wrong in selection when you win a football game, and as long as Claude Puel win games, then no one can complain. When you win 2-0 away and also have more possession than your opponent, you are immune.

The defense today looked solid and especially the partnership between Wes Morgan was one working well, but again this Newcastle team was weak and without any striking power at all, looked totally toothless.

  • Positives:
    • Winning away is always a bonus, great credit to the manager and team
    • Maddison and Maguire running the show, great performance
    • Vardy scoring from the penalty spot, good taken penalty
    • Keeping a clean sheet, solid defensively
    • 12 points, just three points behind a top 4 spot
    • Puel a bit out of the pressure zone, hopefully he will get things right
    • To keep possession and also scoring goals is showing solidity
  • Negatives:
    • Knocks on Vardy and Maddison, hopefully nothing serious
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Amartey 6, Chilwell 6, Morgan 7, Maguire 9, Mendy 7, Ndidi 7, Vardy 7, Iheanacho 6, Maddison 8, Pereira 6, Subs: Albrighton, Iborra,

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 41 / 59
  • Corners: 5 / 9
  • Shots on target: 3 / 3
  • Shots wide: 2 / 4
  • Fouls: 10 / 5
  • Offsides: 1 / 0

 

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