Villa boss Lambert: England will regret losing Clark

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels England have gaffed allowing Ciaran Clark to slip through their hands.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels England have gaffed allowing Ciaran Clark to slip through their hands.

The 23-year-old defender, now capped three times by the Republic of Ireland, was a part of England's set up at junior level, appearing for four different age groups before being persuaded to switch allegiance.

"Ciaran has a massive future," said Lambert, "and the more caps he can accumulate, then great.

"It's hard to say if England have missed a trick, or not. It wasn't until recently that I found out Gabby Agbonlahor qualifies for Scotland.

"England do have good centre halves. To have Ciaran is definitely Ireland's gain - there are not many left-footed centre-halves about, so that gives him a great advantage.

"I saw him play against Greece and I thought he did really well. It's there for him to go and do it and have a big career now for Ireland."

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