Heskey rejects England return
Emile Heskey has turned down a one-off recall to the England squad for the qualifier against Montenegro.
Last Updated: 03/10/10 9:59am
Emile Heskey has turned down a one-off recall to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
Aston Villa striker Heskey retired from international football after the World Cup finals with a record of seven goals in 62 caps for England.
However, after hitting form since the appointment of Gerard Houllier as Villa manager, Heskey was wanted back in the England squad for the 12th October date with Montenegro.
Capello watched the 32-year-old score against Wolves last weekend and, at a media briefing ahead of Monday's squad announcement, confirmed he wanted to bring Heskey back into his plans.
He said: "I saw Heskey against Wolves and he played very well and he is in a good moment.
"The new Villa manager (Houllier) knows him very well from his time at Liverpool.
"We will try to speak with Heskey. We need him at this moment. He is in good form.
"We are talking about him for the one game against Montenegro. We will try to speak with him. But he will decide."
But Heskey has informed Capello's lieutenant Franco Baldini of his intention to stick with his original decision and will not accept a recall.
Meanwhile, Capello has also confirmed that Michael Owen and David Beckham will not be in his squad for the Montenegro fixture.
Owen has scored three goals over the past fortnight for Manchester United, while Beckham is continuing to build up his fitness following an Achilles tendon injury.
Capello said of a possible recall for Owen: "No, he has just played 15 minutes (in the Premier League) and he also played in the Carling Cup.
"With David Beckham, I am really happy he is fit. Is he in contention? At this moment, no. He has been out for six months."