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Five Villans For Capello

The future's not just bright for Villa, it looks like a Claret and Blue England could be in the offing following Fabio Capello's choice of players for his first ever England side.

Gabby Agbonlahor and Curtis Davies are called up for their first full squad appearances, and joining them are Scott Carson, Gareth Barry and Ashley Young.

The 5 players have been named in Capello's provisional squad to face Switzerland next Wednesday in his first friendly in charge.

The Italian manager will then look at the squad before making a final decision on Saturday.

Full squad:

England squad
David James (Portsmouth FC), Scott Carson (Aston Villa FC), Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic FC).

Wayne Bridge (Chelsea FC), Ashley Cole (Chelsea FC), Curtis Davies (Aston Villa FC), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United FC), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth FC), Ledley King (Reading FC), Wes Brown (Manchester United FC), Joleon Lescott (Everton FC), Micah Richards (Manchester City FC), Matthew Upson (West Ham United FC), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur FC).

Michael Carrick (Manchester United FC), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa FC), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United FC), Joe Cole (Chelsea FC), Ashley Young (Aston Villa FC), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough FC), Shaun Wright-Philips (Chelsea FC), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers FC).

Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic FC), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa FC), Michael Owen (Newcastle United FC), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC), Peter Crouch (Liverpool FC).

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2008

Time: 5:01PM

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31/01/2008 17:05:00

Davies is the shock one, but he is really rather good, he will only get better, great signing for Villa
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31/01/2008 17:21:00

Since when did Ledley King play for Reading??
Hoss The Villain
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31/01/2008 17:52:00

That picture of Capello looks like how MON will look in 10 years time...
Hoss The Villain
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31/01/2008 17:55:00

Surely that is a signal to any young English footballer (Defoe possibly!) looking for a new team that Villa Park is the place to be if you want International football. Come on MON. Strike!
Adam Deuce
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31/01/2008 18:02:00

Mixed feelings over the inclusion of 5 villa players. More chance of one of them picking up an injury VS the experience they'll gain from international duty. Delighted for Gabby tho, he deserves his place in the squad!
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31/01/2008 18:09:00

could he be the first ever pub player to play for england??
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31/01/2008 18:09:00

5, that is something.
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31/01/2008 19:21:00

yeah but whyvilla some of them would have been playin for the u21's otherwise
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31/01/2008 21:00:00

I think it's great that you can get 5 into the squad. How much of this do you think is down to MON? It's looking go for you guys at the moment.
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01/02/2008 03:32:00

The players have to take credit for knuckling down and dowing the business on the field, the manager has to take credit for putting the players in a position to acheive it. I doubt all five will feature in the final squad or for that matter in the starting line up. But it still gives a warm glow knowing the club has turned full circle from where O'Neill started to where it is now.
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01/02/2008 05:26:00

Always great to see Villa players picked for England but is this necessarily a good thing? It's more games for our boys when they really good do with a rest.
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01/02/2008 08:29:00

How times change. Five minutes ago we'd have been laughed at for suggesting that one Villan was worthy of an England call-up.
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02/02/2008 21:41:00


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