GUARDIAN – Emile Heskey: Who’d have thought at 37 I’d be going back to Liverpool

The Bolton Wanderers striker returns to Anfield seeking an FA Cup upset but with fond memories of his partnership with Michael Owen• More FA Cup newsThe framed jerseys on the walls of the basement den in Emile Heskey’s Cheshire home provide a reminder their owner is in the twilight of a fine career. Thirtysomethings all, El Hadji Diouf rubs shoulders with Nicolas Anelka just above Steven Gerrard. Robbie Keane’s hangs over that of Harry Kewell. Michael Owen, the player with whom Heskey forged such a successful strike partnership for club and country, is given dual representation, with shirts from his Liverpool and Newcastle days. On the pool table, a set of turntables call to mind their owner’s famous hand-on-ear disc-spinning DJ goal celebration. “You know what, the funny thing is you’re looking at them but they’re not mine,” he laughs. “I mean, they are mine but I don’t use them. The wife uses them.”Although he no longer mans the steel wheels, Heskey proved he has still got what it takes to get a crowd on their feet by coming off the bench to score in a victory for Bolton Wanderers against Blackburn Rovers on his Boxing Day debut. It was an unlikely return to English football for the former international, who many presumed had played for his last club in England when he joined A-League side Newcastle Jets on his 2011 release from Aston Villa. Related: Robbie Fowler salute to Emile Heskey as Liverpool old boys stir the memories Continue reading…