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England exile won't bring Villa's Agbonlahor down - Lambert

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is confident that another England snub will not negatively affect Gabby Agbonlahor.

The 26-year old forward was again not a part of the Three Lions setup as they took on Moldova and Ukraine in World Cup qualifiers over the weekend but his club boss suggests he is happy enough playing at his best for Villa to not let that bring him down.

"I'm not going to tell Roy Hodgson how to do his job," Lambert said of Agbonlahor who has not played for England since 2009.

"That's his prerogative, to pick the national team. It's hard enough to pick any team.

"From my own point of view he's been playing fantastically for me, he really has.

"In the last three games he's been excellent. He's been at the top of his game against the best teams in the land in Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

"To be fair to Gabby he hasn't let it bother him; he's just got on with it. You can't influence somebody to pick somebody. But for me and this football club, he's playing really well.

"The England players are really top players anyway. England are still in the driving seat so the point was a really good result. People said 'they didn't do X, Y and Z but it was a fantastic result for them to go there and get something.

"They're still in the driving seat so there's no problem there.

"But in terms of Gabby and this football club, he's been excellent."

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