PICTURES: Heskey playing for Bolton Under-21 team

Veteran striker Emile Heskey is attempting to return to English football and played for Bolton's Under-21s against Reading last night.

Emile Heskey is trying to prove that he still has what it takes to compete in English football and has run out for Bolton's Under-21 side in an effort to impress.

The 36-year-old has been training with Bolton since the start of December after leaving his last club Newcastle Jets in Australia at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

Bolton have been suffering from a striker shortage with the loss of Max Clayton and Joe Mason and recently signed blast from the past Eidur Gudjohnsen, who started against Millwall.

Manager Neil Lennon, who played alongside Heskey at Leicester City, is considering giving his ex-teammate a contract, but he has to earn it by impressing for the Under-21 side.


Heskey played 63 minutes for Bolton, but their development side were beaten 3-1 by Reading in the Premier League Cup.

The journeyman striker didn't find the net, but he had a creditable run-out and has a fan in Gudjohnsen.

He's a physical presence and you can still see it. There's not much changed in him. If he wants to play and if he's hungry to play then I'd love for him to be with us," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. 

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