For victory at Manchester United, Villa had seven Englishmen in their starting line-up. With a World Cup on the horizon, this could be a big season for them.
O'Neill said: "We have players who are desperate to be on a flight to South Africa, to be included in a squad that is one of the favourites to win the World Cup. I want them propelled by that ambition for my selfish benefit. If they are playing well and have that ambition, then we will all benefit.
"What happens in May and June is in the laps of the gods, but what I do know is that if they continue to play like this then the opportunity is there for Fabio Capello to maybe think again if he's having second thoughts about certain things."