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Villa Youngers Take England By Storm

Villa youngsters Gary Cahill, Liam Ridgewell, Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor have all been named in the 30-strong provisional England Under-21 squad for next month's European Championships.

Former Villa midfielder Peter Whittingham is also named. Shame no Craig Gardner but then again, lets not be greedy eh?!

The 23-man squad will be decided at the end of May with the Under-21 Championship beginning on Sunday June 10 (England v Czech Republic June 11)

Meanwhile Gabby has told the official site, following a sparkling season:

'My next big challenge is proving I can be a success next season. If you do well in your first season, everyone's aware of you and in the second season you have to prove yourself again. I'm confident I can prove myself again next season and do even better. I don't want to be a one-season player who doesn't keep it going. I know it will be hard and I know I've got to keep developing as a player, but I'm ready to work hard to make sure I keep improving.'

Adding: 'Doing well at Villa means a lot. I've got friends and family that support Villa and loads of people in the area I grew up in support Villa. So it means a lot to play here and do well.'






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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 11 2007

Time: 3:12PM

Your Comments

the villa domination continues...
industrial_musical
It truely makes a difference when your a local lad making good at the team you support. Not just to the player but also in respect to the way we can all relate to the player himself. Sadly, though, this can't be said about football in general nowadays. Well done Gabby!
myleftfoot
Good luck to all the young Villans selected. We're delighted for all four of them. Hopefully all will make the final cut, and do both themselves and the club proud throughout the Championships.
glensider
I think ALL five (this includes Gardner who is unlucky to miss out from what I've seen) look set for BIG futures. I especially like Gabby, pure class. This England "B" game coming up isn't looking much like a "B" game is it, as Stevie Mac has selected more than a few that could certainly not be classed as "B" standard. Wouldn't this have been better to field virtually a whole new squad to see what they can do, not check out what the likes of Phil Neville CAN'T as we already know?!?! Anyway, back to the point am I the only one who thinks (although I'm sure many of you Villa fans might have already thought this?) that Gabby should have got a chance in this England B game?
Hughes Da Man
lets be honest guys its not so much an England B game but a michael owen assessment game.(who we should try and buy though not sure about his wages)
sk1nner80
Craig Gardner and Luke Moore should both be in the squad. Surely Gardner is better than Michael Johnson, Wayne Routledge, Lee Cattermole etc. But the biggest joke is Cameron Jerome being picked ahead of Luke Moore!! Muppets!!!!
Rickymeister
Wonder why Ridge pulled out quoting 'personal reasons'? I felt that the lad did well last season, and was somewhat unlucky to lose his starting place. Seemed that once he was out of the first team starting picture, he never really seriously threatened to force his way back in.
glensider
 

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