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Villa's Agbonlahor happy to break scoring drought

After breaking his scoring drought against Bolton, Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor admits he's chasing an England cap.

Agbonlahor said: "It was difficult to take (being left out of the England squad) after being in the initial 30-man party but it shows I'm in Mr Capello's mind so I've got to keep trying to perform and hopefully I'll get back in there.

"It shows you are on the brink, which is a good thing. It's a massive buzz to get into the top 30 players in the country and it's better to be called up and then left out than to be nowhere near the manager's plans in the first place.

"I'm hoping it is third time lucky for me in the next game and that I'll stay in the manager's mind. You can't sulk about it. There were a few players who didn't get into the final squad.

"Look at Jermain Defoe, who has been banging in the goals and still can't get in.

"You can't be too upset about being left out. You've just got to think 'I've got where I am, now I've just got to keep improving and try and get right to the top'.

"It doesn't knock your confidence because I know that I'm still young and I've got all my career ahead of me to play for my country."

Agbonlahor is determined to recapture the form that first attracted Capello's attention as Villa ended a run of five games without a win at the expense of Gary Megson's side.

And he insisted he felt no extra pressure over his lack of goals before the win against the Trotters.

He said: "I think I started off quite well and for two thirds of the season I've been really good but since then my form has dipped. I don't know why. It would be the easy way out to say 'I'm tired' but I don't feel that tired.

"People say players are watching videos of me to find ways of stopping me but, if they are doing that, it gives me extra reasons to develop my game.

"As for the goals situation, I've not been worried. They were coming quite regularly earlier in the season and I've felt it was just a matter of time before they came again for me.

"I haven't felt any extra pressure but it's nice to find the net again and hopefully we can finish the season strongly."

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