Villans for England – Capello Lauds Young Talent but has he Improved?

March 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Fabio Capello has praised Villa man Ashley Young as ‘one of the most interesting players this season’ after a man of the match display against Wales was followed by an impressive showing alongside team-mate Stewart Downing, who picked up the gong for the Ghana game. With Darren Bent also netting on international duty this week it’s more frustrating than pleasing from my perspective to see them doing so well for their nation. The country is raving about Young as being one of the most improved players this season but ask any Villa fan and you are likely to get a different answer. The 25-year-old who is strongly linked with a move away from the club this summer has been steady if unspectacular this term in my opinion, and certainly hasn’t improved from his first full season at the club. The scenario reminds me a little of the Gareth Barry phase some 5 or 6 years ago when Villa fans were pleading for their star man to return to the international fold. Eventually he did get a call-up and has remained in the set-up ever since but none of which was during his best form for Villa. Anyway I ramble, to read Capello’s assessment of Young click here

Villa’s Best English XI of the Last 10 Years?

February 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Goals from two Villa players gave England a much needed victory over Denmark last night so what can we read into this. First up was a tap-in for right place-right time striker Darren Bent which levelled the game after the Dane’s took the lead early on. The introduction of Ashley Young at half-time was some what of a turning point and it was great to see two Villa forwards lining up alongside each other for the national side. Young looked bright and delivered a delicious toe-poked cross to Bent who could have had a second before neatly slotting away his first goal for the senior international set-up. Stewart Downing also played a part in a late cameo role which saw the England line-up looking eerily familiar. Kyle Walker picked up his first senior call-up but despite a pretty dismal display from starting right-back Glen Johnson, the youngster was not called upon. Read my All Villa England XI

Aston Villa’s England Evolution

February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Despite a poor season, England manager Fabio Capello has been impressed by some of the homegrown talent at Villa Park having called up no less than 5 of Gerard Houllier’s squad for the upcoming friendly against Denmark next weekend. Add to this the likes of an initial 4 call-ups for Villa young guns to the Under-21 set up and England’s future begins to look increasingly claret and blue. Round-up of Villa’s England Involvement

Clark Rejects England In Favour of ROI

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa centre back Ciaran Clark has snubbed the opportunity to play for England in the future in favour Republic of Ireland. The 21-year-old has appeared three times in the league this season, most recently replacing Richard Dunne early on against Chelsea. Clark has been tipped as a huge talent by the club and has led the Villa Youth and Reserves to success on numerous occasions. The London born defender has also impressed when called upon by the first team and was solid against the threat of the champions last weekend. Clark has previously represented England at youth level, even captaining the Under-18 side but has decided he may benefit more from a decision to link up with Trapattoni’s Ireland. Reasons For Clark’s Decision

Downing Recalled to England Fold After Decent Start

October 9, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Stewart Downing has been called up to Fabio Capello’s England squad to face Montenegro on Tuesday. The Villa winger comes in as a like for like replacement for the injured Aaron Lennon of Tottenham. The Spurs wide-man joins Everton’s Phil Jagielka on the treatment table ahead of England’s crucial home tie, a match most sport betting sites have tipped as a comfortable win for England.

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Clark Open to Ireland, Reserves in Action with Newcastle

Villa youngster Ciaran Clark has opened the door for an international career with the Republic of Ireland. The Villa reserve captain has represented England at all youth levels and even skippered the Under 20’s side but has revealed he would encourage a call up from Ireland. Team-mate and fellow centre back, Richard Dunne recommended the young talent to the recruitment team at the FAI after only recently finding out that Clark was eligible for the Emerald Isle. Ciaran qualifies through his Mother and may well look to ensure an international career by opting to play for Ireland over England. In my opinion this would be a big loss to the England national side as the centre back seems to have all the qualities to be a top player. Dunne has waxed lyrical about the 21 and believes that Ireland would manage a real coup in tempting Clark to ditch England. Villa Reserves vs Newcastle

Houllier to hold showdown talks with FFF

September 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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It was announced today that Gerard Houllier will meet with the FFF to discuss the job offer from Aston Villa. It is highly expected that the Frenchman will step down from his post as Technical Director of the French national team. Reports suggest that the 63 year old has been offered a two year contract at the club and in a managerial role. More on Houlliers’ role at the club