Writer: Chris Heath
Date:Wednesday August 27 2008
Does the lack of Villa players in Fabio Capello`s England squads actually bother us Villa fans or not? Or would we rather just keep our players fit for domestic football instead?
In my opinion I know it`s a player`s dream to play for their country but if the current national manager isn`t convinced on selecting you, you should concentrate on playing club football and then getting selected if you perform.
In the last announced England squad for the friendly match at Wembley against the Czech Republic on 27th August, there was only one Villa player in the 23 man squad that being Gareth Barry who may not even be a Villa player at the end of the transfer window.
With the amount of English players in the Villa team you would have expected at least one or two more faces than just the single one. This is a bit strange with the amount of Villa games Fabio Capello had been seen at this and last season and when naming 5 Villa players in his first-ever England squad back in March; Scott Carson, Curtis Davies, Gareth Barry, Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor. Did he make a mistake in that first squad or have those particular players not preformed in the last 6 months or so, referring to stats that is definitely not the case for a few of them.
Probably the most notable exclusion from the most recent squad has been wing-wizard Ashley Young, but other Villa players could of been named in that squad but possibles Curtis Davies has been out injured since March and has only just recently come back and Gabby Agbonlahor seemingly being rated behind other England strikers by manager Capello when the squad was announced just before the start of the new season.
But switching consideration to Young; when you were top of the assists in the league last season (14) ahead of such talented players as Manchester United's Ronaldo and Arsenal's Fabregas and also contributing 9 league goals to the cause why wouldn`t you be considered?
As well as arguably being one of the best wingers in the Premiership how could that form not be rewarded?
Even Villa manager Martin O`Neill showed his surprise at Young`s exclusion saying 'I might have been surprised that Ashley was not in the squad as he has been absolute class for us and again his time will come'
Even being able to use both feet unlike most players under consideration at the moment only Spurs midfielder David Bentley and Chelsea's Joe Cole can match that feat who are both ironically in that current England Squad and currently Capello hasn`t given an explanation for the lack of Villa players in his squads neither.
So with the focus of most players on getting into England`s World Cup group qualifiers squad being on the agenda; Villa have got a great chance of seeing many of their squad in that upcoming England Squad.
With the already inclusion of Gareth Barry players such as Young, Agbonlahor and Davies could be named in that squad and even the likes of Nigel Reo-Coker, Nicky Shorey and Luke Young could find themselves in with a chance of being named in that squad. So carrying on the debate do we Villa fans actually mind if our players just stay and play domestic football instead of on the International front and speaking as a fellow Villa supporter I don`t mind that fact one bit!!
By Chris Heath
Date:Wednesday August 27 2008
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