Gabriel Agbonlahor Still Holds England Hope

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But he insists that Villa will always come first.

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has admitted that he would love to pull on the three lions for England again but he will always put Villa first, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 26-year-old has hit a rich vein of form recently, helping Villa to ease their relegation woes by scoring six goals in his last seven appearances. He has also broken Dwight Yorke’s Premier League goal record for the club by firing in his 61st, 2nd and 3rd goals in the space of a week.

And his current form has prompted questions to be raised for his potential inclusion in one of Roy Hodgson’s upcoming England sides. Agbonlahor already has three international caps to his name, but hasn’t been called up since 2011, and though he’s admitted that he would like to play for his country again he has insisted that his club will always come first.

“I’m not getting carried away,” he said after his brace sank Norwich this weekend.

“The way the England squad is now, it’s different sort of call ups. He’s got players in there even if they are not playing. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he’d not played much and then he gets a call up.”

“But it’s the manager’s choice and I have just got to concentrate on Villa. I have always said that. Club comes first, and if country comes then it comes.”

“If the call comes then I am ready, of course. But we will have to wait and see. All that’s on my mind now is playing for Villa and getting them safe.”

“Playing for England is always a pleasure, but the main thing for me is playing for Villa and keeping fit because I’ve had a few knocks this season. I’m not really worrying about England at the moment.”

Agbonlahor has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances this season, mostly from the wing.

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