Agbonlahor not expecting call

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor does not have high hopes of an England recall as he feels it is a closed shop.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 09:07 Post Comment

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Aston Villa striker not expecting England recall

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Aston Villa striker not expecting England recall

Agbonlahor has been in fine form for Villa having scored eight goals in his last 12 Premier League games for the club, including a brace in Saturday's crucial 2-1 win at Norwich.

But the 26-year-old forward is not expecting Roy Hodgson to get in touch because he feels the England boss has his settled squad and is reluctant to change it.

"I'm not getting carried away," said Agbonlahor. "The way the England squad is now, it's a different sort of call-up.

"The manager has got players in there even if they are not playing for their clubs - the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he's not played much for Arsenal but then he gets a call-up.

"It's different to when Fabio Capello was here because he picked players on form. It's different in that team now. But it's the manager's choice and I have just got to concentrate on Villa.

"I have always said that. Club comes first and if country comes, then it comes. Of course, if the call comes then I am ready but we will have to wait and see. All that's on my mind now is playing for Villa and getting them safe."

Agbonlahor won the last of his three England caps under Capello in a World Cup qualifier against Belarus in 2009 and is arguably in the form of his life right now.

"It's hard to say if I am playing as well now as I was when I was called up the first time," added Villa's record Premier League goalscorer.

"Playing for England is always a pleasure. But the main thing for me is playing for Villa, keeping fit - because I have had a few knocks this season - and to not really worry about England at the moment."

Young players

His stay in the Premier League looks set to continue given the recent upturn in fortunes at Villa Park and Agbonlahor credits the team's young players for raising their game at the right time.

"The young lads have come through," said Agbonlahor. "They had some bad things said about them when things were not going too well.

"But they had stood up to the player and performed week in, week out, and tried their hardest to improve and they are improving game by game.

"Hopefully if we can get this season out of the way you will see more improvement next season.

"They have had a lot of pressure on them and great credit to them they've stuck at it, carried on playing and fighting in big games.

"They have not crumbled and game by game they are improving. They have come back from games like at Chelsea (where Villa lost 8-0) and long may it continue."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property