Owen, Cole, Heskey: Meet the England Star Sixes line-up

Ahead of the FansBet Star Sixes, 4-6 January at Glasglow's SSE Hydro, meet England's line-up.



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There are few places where you can see over 300 England caps in one place, but the FansBet Star Sixes will be one of them.

After the success of the inaugural event in 2017, the six-a-side tournament will be back from 4-6 January at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, and England’s side is stacked with quality.

David James, Michael Owen, and Emile Heskey will be returning stars at the 2019 FansBet Star Sixes, after also having appeared for the Three Lions in 2017 — not just former international team-mates, but former club-mates too.

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James and Owen both played for Liverpool in the late 1990s and, while the goalkeeper moved to Villa in 1999, Heskey’s arrival from Leicester in 2000 saw the start of a lethal strike partnership with Owen.

The little and large pairing combined for 46 goals during the 2000/01 season as Liverpool won the treble, lifting the League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup under Gerard Houllier.

They were also present in one of England’s greatest triumphs, getting three of the five goals in the famous 5-1 win over Germany in September 2001.

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David James

James, who played for a host of clubs during a storied 26-year career including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Portsmouth, where he lifted the FA Cup in 2008 at the age of 36.

He continued playing into his early 40s in England, before moving abroad, first to Icelandic side IBV and then Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters as player-manager.

After leaving the Blasters at the end of the 2013-14 season, he returned in January of 2018 for his first foray into full-time management.

During his playing days he earned 53 caps and over 700 first-team league appearances.

Wayne Bridge

Bridge started his career at hometown club Southampton before joining Chelsea. In six years at Stamford Bridge, he won the league, FA Cup, and League Cup.

Bridge won 36 caps for England between 2002 and 2009, and will be making his Star Sixes debut in Glasgow.

England's potential line-up at the 2019 FansBet Star Sixes

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Wes Brown

The defender spent over a decade at Manchester United, a regular part of their title-winning teams, picking up eleven major trophies. After leaving United in 2011, he joined Sunderland and then, briefly, Blackburn Rovers.

Like James, Brown also has a Kerala Blasters connection, joining up with former United coach Rene Meulensteen at the club in 2017.

Brown made 23 appearances for England’s senior team, and was part of the squad for the 2002 World Cup, where the Three Lions reached the quarter-finals.

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Luke Young

Young made nearly 400 appearances for Tottenham, Charlton, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, and QPR during a career that spanned a decade and a half.

He received a winners medal as Tottenham won the 1998-99 League Cup and made seven senior appearances for England.


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Joe Cole

The former West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool player, recently retired from football after a stint with the Tamba Bay Rowdies, where he was also an assistant coach.

Cole played over 50 times for England, scoring 10 goals, and featured in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Against Sweden in the 2006 group stage, his spectacular volleyed goal and assist for Steven Gerrard earned him the man of the match award.

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Emile Heskey

Heskey’s career also saw him move overseas, joining Australian side Newcastle Jets after having played for Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Aston Villa in England.

The striker made 62 appearances for England, scoring seven goals, including one which helped his country reach the 2002 World Cup quarter-final.

Michael Owen

The striker was a teenage sensation in the late 1990s, announcing himself to the world in the 1998 World Cup with a wonderful goal against Argentina.

After helping Liverpool to their treble in the 2000/01 season, he won the 2001 Ballon d’Or. He spent a season at Real Madrid in 2004, before returning to England with Newcastle, Manchester United, and Stoke City.

He made 89 appearances for England and scored 40 goals, including in four major tournaments between 1998 and 2004, and captained his country.

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Darren Bent

Darren Bent was a top-class striker that began his career with Ipswich Town. A successful five-year spell with the club laid the foundations for the front man, who went on to play for the likes of Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland and Villa.

On the international stage Bent progressed through the England ranks until his senior England debut against Uruguay in 2006. He went on to represent his country on 13-occasions scoring 4 goals in the process and at just 34-years-of-age, Bent will be a serious threat to the opposition and is without question a candidate for the top scorer in Glasgow.

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