O'Neill: Villa's Agbonlahor can crack senior England team

Martin O'Neill is backing Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor to break into the senior England squad this season.

The Villa boss said: "Gabby has been terrific for us. He wants to improve and is not one of those who is content to sit around and be happy with being in the squad.

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"He wants to get better. Against Inter Milan last Saturday he took on world-class players who found it hard to deal with him.

"After 12-14 games last season I was asked if he was capable of making the step up into the full England squad. I am more equipped now to talk about that. I would have to say he is capable of doing it.

"He is looking very sharp at the moment and that may be to do with the fact he had a decent amount of rest in the summer.

"I think Stuart Pearce is coming up here to speak with our under-21 guys, including Gabby, that will be great news."

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