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Villa boss O'Neill no great fan of World Cup speculation

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill admits he doesn't see any positives from players competing for World Cup places.

After victory over Bolton, O'Neill says he does not view the prospect of a big summer tournament as a positive.

He said: "Personally I'm a club manager and I don't think it helps me at all. I think players are trying to catch the England manager's eye, which is great, but the main thing here is that we are trying to improve as a club and some of those players are certainly making inroads into improving us.

"But I'll start thinking about the World Cup about five minutes after the last league game of the season. For the players, I just want them to focus on here because, if they keep going like that (winning 5-1), Fabio Capello will know the strengths and weaknesses of the players."

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