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Lack Of Villa Players In The England Squad

Lack Of Villa Players In The England Squad

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

Writer:Chris Heath
Date:Wednesday August 27 2008
Time: 9:29AM


I think its more a case of Capello falling into the same category as Sven and MacLaren, as he picks players on their name opposed to their form. Hence Lampard and Gerrard playing on the Left hand side because they are both considered World Class compared to Young and Cole who can actually play there.
27/08/2008 09:38:00
From a selfish Villa point of view I'm happy for them to stay fit and able to play for us. But there is also the confidence that it gives them to be picked but, on the opposite side of the coin, if they're playing well each week and still not getting picked then it will undoubtedly knock their confidence and potentially affect their performance.
Silver Fox
27/08/2008 09:45:00
Agree Silver Fox, the confidence and experience of playing for your country would do our players nothing but good and also make them far more ready and able for our own European exploits.
The Fear
27/08/2008 09:46:00
Double edged sword for me. If our players aren't selected they aren't going to be as jaded coming back from International duty which is better for us. Additionally if they aren't selected then they may want to go elsewhere to improve their chances of playing. However if they do get selected and excel we may struggle to hold onto them when the real giants come calling.
27/08/2008 09:47:00
Two words: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. It's the be all and end all I'm afraid. The players who aren't in it will have bit parts to play end of.
27/08/2008 09:49:00
Same ****, different manager. Villa just might not be a big enough team to have too many players selected for the England squad. I can't imagine Ashley Youg being looked over too much longer though - for the squad at least, actually playing is another matter altogether.
27/08/2008 10:20:00
Yeah it does bother me a little bit as i would like to see our players performing at international level for the country,If villa players are getting international selection it can help attract other players to the club who have the same ambitions,It also helps players improve,But at the same time the plus side is if they don`t get picked they can`t get injured and will be fit for the club.Come the world cup i see a few villa players being in the squad,And it would be a great thing to see the likes of young and gabby doing the buisness in a world cup.
27/08/2008 10:27:00
I dont care at all, it would be nice for the boys but England caps only make the bigger teams take notice (Barry for example). Its painful to watch England at times and at the end of the day I would much rather see Villa lift the Craling cup then England lift the World Cup. Club before Country any day of the week.
27/08/2008 10:38:00
Thats the Carling Cup obviously not some made up one I posted above!
27/08/2008 10:39:00
I think in the first group match you will see a diff team to the last. Over the last few friendlies you have seen a diff team each time. Capello is seeing what he has available and then when the group stage starts he will select a team he expects to move forward with. I think Barry, AYoung & Gabby will be in the next squad. I might be wrong but Capello cannot ignore young British talent!
27/08/2008 10:39:00
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