Villa's Davies aims to retain first team spot

Curtis Davies is now determined to hold onto his Aston Villa first team place after recently being dropped.

Curtis Davies is now determined to hold onto his Aston Villa first team place after recently being dropped.

He has been rewarded with a call-up by England coach Fabio Capello for last week's friendly international with Germany in Berlin.

The former West Brom player said: "It gave me a big lift to get back into the England squad because it wasn't expected.

"I wasn't in the Villa team two weeks ago - I'd only played the three games since coming back when I got the call (from Capello).

"We won at Arsenal which was the massive game I guess because, with Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown and Ashley Cole being injured, there were a few spaces for defenders in the England squad.

"That result must have made Mr Capello look up and think 'they must have done well to keep a clean sheet at Arsenal.' If that is what got me in, so be it.

"I am just glad to be in the mind of the manager. If I can keep my form up, hopefully I will be involved come the qualifiers in March."

Davies admitted: "When I was left out of the Villa team a couple of weeks ago it was difficult to take. In the Chelsea game, I wasn't at my best, I'll admit.

"But then we went into the Portsmouth game and kept a clean sheet against Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch, two England internationals.

"I thought 'at least we are back with a clean sheet' and then in the next game I was left out. I was more confused as to why but the manager will make his decisions and I have to stand by them.

"I managed to get back in for the UEFA Cup game away to Slavia Prague game and we put in a big performance to get a good win at a tough place.

"I've been in the team since. I can only say playing at the moment is good but I need to make sure I stay in the team and all the rest of the England stuff will come together with it."

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