Heskey laughs off knighthood talk
Last month, Leicester City fan Daniel McCarthy made the petition on the UK government's website, which called for the 36-year-old to be given a knighthood for his services to English football.
Heskey, who was unaware of the petition, told FourFourTwo Malaysia: "I guess I can see where the fan was coming from. I mean, I was born and raised in Leicester and came through the ranks [at Filbert Street]. Everyone knows me and probably sees me as family.
"And even after I left, I donated money to the club to help them out," said the former Leicester striker, who donated £100,000 to aid a Gary Lineker-led consortium's buy-out of the cash-strapped Foxes in 2002.
"I like being seen as good, but a knighthood? I quite like the sound of it, but he [the fan] is having a laugh!"
When he was informed that the application was actually rejected by the government, Heskey laughed: "That didn't surprise me!"
Heskey was in Malaysia as a special guest at the official launch of Astro's offerings for FIFA World Cup 2014, which include a comprehensive web and mobile coverage of the summer showcase. For more info about it, visit olabola.stadiumastro.com.