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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.

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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