The ex-England and Liverpool legend, 44, on improving young peopleâ€™s digital education, and why David Beckham â€˜was more tech-savvy than a lot of us.â€™
Would you call yourself a tech fan?
I try. The funny thing is, if someone shows me something, Iâ€™m more than happy to use it and explore.
But if Iâ€™m the one that has to figure something outâ€¦ nah.
What kind of tech helped you through lockdown?
Iâ€™ve got four kids who were all home-schooling at one stage. They were lucky enough to have a couple of iPads and a laptop but not everybody can have access to that.
Thatâ€™s why what LG is doing, by having a Laptop Library that children are allowed to use, is fantastic â€” especially now, with the technology weâ€™re using and where everythingâ€™s going.
Itâ€™s important children have access to things like this. When I went to visit a school where they launched the library, it was fascinating how much the children knew about all this.
They were asking about Intel this and that and I hadnâ€™t got a clue. But they knew everything and were very excited about these laptops.
What kind of tech did you have at that age?
A typewriter! I was born in 1978 so at school we never had things like that.
I didnâ€™t really have access to much technology when I was young, it wasnâ€™t until I was much older â€” that was when technology started to really take off.
My first mobile phone was a thin Motorola that flipped down with an aerial that came out [the StarTAC].
Then it got a bit jazzier when you had the Banana Nokia 8110 that slid down. But it was just for making calls and receiving texts back then.
Who was the most tech-savvy player you shared a dressing room with?
I remember when the first ever iPod came out I hadnâ€™t got a clue what it was. I saw David Beckham had it.
He was telling me how it does this and how it does that. I was used to having CDs and now there was this thing with all your tunes on.
I just didnâ€™t get it but now look! Becks was more tech-savvy than a lot of us.
Is there anything you really hate about technology?
Not really. It helps my memory to try and remember every password that I put into different things. I think Iâ€™ve got about eight.
The funny thing is, I donâ€™t actually know my passwords as such, itâ€™s more muscle memory. I kind of remember my passwords by where my fingers go.
How do you feel about VAR in football?
We begged for something like this for years so we canâ€™t just get rid of it because of a few teething problems.
Thereâ€™s always going to be a progression, and itâ€™s always going to get better and better, and I think it is getting better.
Weâ€™re spending less time talking about it and more time praising it. Youâ€™ve just got to tweak things every now and again.
I think itâ€™s here to stay but it needs to be tweaked so thereâ€™s less time between the stopping and starting.
There are a lot of stats in football now. How would you have fared with that?
We were using stats back then but not to the same extent so itâ€™s nothing new as such, itâ€™s just that the level of detail now has got a lot higher.
Itâ€™s used differently. Inevitably your eye will tell you certain things anyway.
You only use the stats to back it up or it might tell you to look at it a particular way.
I probably wouldnâ€™t have been top of many stats tables because I was a forward.
The midfielders should be top when it comes to running and stuff like that.
I remember playing for the national team and one of the coaches said I kept the ball 90% of the time when it came in to me, and I just went, â€˜OK.â€™ I think he thought Iâ€™d think it was fantastic but ainâ€™t that what Iâ€™m supposed to do?
Heskey worked with LG Electronics on its Laptop Library, helping to improve young peopleâ€™s digital education