LITESPORT EMILE HESKEY today admitted he would have no complaints if on-form Jermain Defoe is picked to start ahead of him in Englands World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday. Tottenhamspint-sizeddestroyermade it seven goals in six games for club and country this season with an instinctive -- and decisive -- second goal after com- ing on for Heskey at half-time in Satur- days jittery 2-1 friendly win over Slovenia at Wembley. EnglandbossFabioCapellomayprefer the beefier Aston Villa striker, but Hes- key himself said: Jermain has done brilliantly. Every time he comes on the pitch he scores a goal. Thats the main thing. You cant complain if he starts. Were in competition but its good competition. It puts you on your toes knowing youve got to do well. Statistically Defoe is the strongest link in Capellos armoury. Heskey has scored one goal every 285.5 minutes under the Italian compared to Defoe (52.5), Wayne Rooney (108.5) and Peter Crouch (204), but Capello counters, with a smile: If Defoe plays the second half and secures goals, that is good. Perhaps he would be tired if he played from the first minute! I joke, I joke, but the players make a lot of movement around Heskey. Still, Defoe has scored eight goals in his last nine England games, which is one more than Heskey has managed in his 55-cap career. Captain John Terry waded in to the great striking debate, adding: Jermain is pushing to be our No1 or No2 striker, while Slovenian boss Mat- jaz Kek -- in rather better English than Capello -- argues: Fabio should think seriously about picking Defoe. He and Aaron Lennon worked well together in the second half and really put us under pressure. Defoe has also been playing well for Spurs. Heskey also defended Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who was criticised by the Slovenian players after winning a penalty for the opener at Wembley. With simulation in the spotlight fol- lowing Croatian star Eduardos two- matchbanfordivingduringArsenals Champions League qualifier against Celtic, Heskey insisted: The lad was pulling his shirt. Sometimes theyre given, sometimes theyre not. England will confirm their place at next seasons World Cup finals if they defeat Croatia at Wembley, joining hosts South Africa, Ghana, Brazil -- 3-1 win- ners over Argentina at the weekend -- Holland, Australia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea on the list of teams already booked in. 42 Monday, 7 September 2009 London Lite PICK JERMAIN, Even rival Heskey is backing Defoe for Croat job BY NEAL COLLINS Henry tears into boring Domenech ENGLAND might be on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup, but its far from plain sailing for the likes of Argentina, Portugal and France. All three major nations slipped to damaging results over the weekend, and fed-up former Arsenal striker Thierry is clearly feeling the heat. Les Bleus could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against Romania on Saturday, and even if they were to win away at group leaders Serbia on Wednesday they are still likely to finish as runners-up, at best. And Henry, scorer of 49 goals in 112 games for his country, is in no doubt that bungling coach Raymond Domenech, who narrowly avoided the sack after a shambolic Euro 2008 campaign, is to blame. Henry is quoted by Le Parisien as saying at a meeting with Domenech: Coach, we have something to tell you. I am speaking in the name of the squad. We are getting bored during your training sessions. In 12 years with the French team, I have never been in such a situation. We do not know how to play, where to be on the pitch, how to organise. We do not know what to do. We have no style, no guidelines. It is not working. But the France Football Federation have denied a bust-up having taken place, and insist that Domenech is the right man for the job. President of the FFF, Jean-Pierre Escalettes said: I repeat: yes, yes, yes. I have to say it three times. He has the job of qualifying us for the World Cup. And I repeat that even if we have to go into the play-offs, its still Raymond Domenechs job. BY DAVID DIBBLE Inbrief Crewe report Premier club CREWE have reported an unnamed Premier League club to the Football Association for an alleged illegal approach for one of their young players. Director of football Dario Gradi acted in the wake of FIFAs decision to ban Chelsea from signing any players until January 2011. We have a situation where one of our 15-year-olds has told us that he wants to leave right now to join a big club, said Gradi. Essiens Ghana the World Cup MICHAEL ESSIEN was today revelling in the fantastic feeling of qualifying for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year after scoring in Ghanas 2-0 win over Sudan. Ghana became the first African nation to book their place and Chelsea star Essien, 26, said: It was so important to win, regardless of how we achieved it. The people of Ghana wanted us to win and we did not let them down. No high fives yet for Spain SPAIN coach Vicente del Bosque has warned his side not to think the hard work in their quest to reach the World Cup finals is over, despite their 100percent record in Group Five. Spain made it seven wins out of seven after thrashing Belgium 5-0 on Saturday night. But they are still not assured of a place in the finals, because second-placed Bosnia- Herzegovina are six points behind with three games remaining. Forest fire up World Cup bid NOTTINGHAM FOREST are set to unveil plans for a new stadium in the hope it will used as a World Cup venue. Club officials meet representatives of the FA today where they will present plans for a 45,000 all- seater stadium in the Gamston area of Nottingham, less than a mile from their City Ground home. England are hoping to stage the World Cup Finals in either 2018 or 2022. Inter interested in new ground ITALIAN champions Inter Milan are planning to build a new stadium which would hold 60,000 fans and be ready for 2014. We are working on a home for Inter with an eye on the clubs past and a nod to the future, project manager Nicholos Gancikoff said. Italian sides usually rent stadiums from local authorities but Juventus will become the first Serie A club to own their stadium when the Delle Alpi reopens in 2011. heifcomplaincantYouthing. 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