Aston Villa Manager Paul Lambert Talks Up Gabriel Agbonlahor England Hopes

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes Gabriel Agbonlahor is a candidate for a place in the England national side if he maintains his fine form, according to Express & Star.

The 26-year-old striker has three caps for England, the last one coming in 2009, but rediscovered some of his best form for Villa as they escaped relegation towards the end of last season, and looks to have started strongly this time as well.

The pacey attacker put in a great display against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, where Lambert’s side emerged as surprise 3-1 winners.

While much of the talk this summer has been about Villa striker Christian Benteke, who has been linked with moves to several big clubs, Lambert was keen to point to the ability of Agbonlahor, calling him “unplayable” on Saturday.

When asked about an England place for the striker, Lambert said: “If he plays like that and keeps that form and that way of playing then I don’t see why not.

“That was just an absolutely fabulous performance. His speed is there for everyone to see. Once he gets a run at you, nobody can catch him.”

Agbonlahor will have some big names to contend with in the national set-up, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert all making up the most recent squad.

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