Aston Villa F.C – The Home of England Internationals

Did you know that Aston Villa have provided more England internationals than any other club – including four captains?

Aston Villa F.C – The Home of England Internationals

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September 5th, 2014

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The statistics show that Fabian Delph became Villa’s 72nd England international during Wednesday night’s 1-0 victory over Norway at Wembley.

Tom Cleverley became Paul Lambert’s sixth first team summer signing and he could so easily become the 73rd player Aston Villa provide, providing he finds the form that got him in the England team in the first place.

Then it is so easy to look at players like Ashley Westwood. His stats stand up with most English players but he is an ‘unfashionable’ player. He tends to go around the pitch doing his business unnoticed, but with Roy Hodgson a little light in midfield could he turn to the former Crewe man?

It seemed at times last season that Hodgson overlooked any team outside of the top 6 except Southampton, making not a single personal appearance at Villa Park. That has already changed as he was present at the recent 0-0 draw with Newcastle, and hopefully we will see him down B6 more often this season.

Due to our recent poor performances in the Premier League it becomes so easy to overlook the history of this great club but do we get the credit we deserve? I wonder if we would get more recognition if we came from Manchester or the capital.

Most media outlets love a good statistic these days, especially when it comes to Sky Sports and Match of the Day. They are quick to point out when any of the so called ‘big’ clubs do something but what about the biggest club in the Midlands?

As an English-born Aston Villa supporter, providing 72 players to the England setup is a statistic I am very proud of. It doesn’t quite give us anything at club level but it gives us a sense of pride.

In a time where a large proportion of foreign imports are coming to the Premier League, we are still there providing players for our nation.

From a club perspective we need to look at keeping hold of these players. So often, especially in modern times we have seen some of our England internationals (Ashley Young, James Milner and Gareth Barry) move on for bigger and better things. It is vital as a club we grow with these players and give them what they need at club level.

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