Aston Villa star wants to follow Delph into the England team

Villans midfielder Ashley Westwood is hoping his fine form in the Premier League can pave a way for an England call-up from Roy Hodgson in the future.

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood has set his sights on breaking into the England squad after seeing teammate Fabian Delph force his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans.

Delph started for the Three Lions last time out against Estonia and previously impressed for the national side in a 2-0 win away in Switzerland.

These performances have prompted some speculation that the 24-year-old former Leeds United man could be on the move again, with Villa looking to offer the midfielder an improved four-year contract.

And the Yorkshire-born player’s meteoric rise has inspired teammate Westwood to aim for an England place, having impressed for the Villans this term.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, the former Crewe Alexandra star talked about his national team ambibitions.

"Fab’s got his England call-up and Clevs [Tom Cleverley] is an international who I think will be back in there soon," he said.

"I’m hoping to be in there soon, too. When I spoke to Fab about England he said he loved it."

Westwood may not be the only other Aston Villa star in line for a call-up to the full national side, with defender Nathan Baker enjoying a similar upturn in fortunes for the Midlands club this season.

Even Gabby Agbonlahor, who has already scored twice in the Premier League this season, could be in line for a recall, having previous earned three caps for England in his younger days.

Now 28, the striker, who also operates as a winger, will be looking to impress Roy Hodgson this term and after a difficult run of games, Villa will be keen to get their season back on track against an out of sorts Everton.

Fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City yielded no points but after a positive start to the campaign, a trip to the fourth-bottom Toffees could prove a more palatable option.

And if Westwood and co continue to impress, Hodgson may have to take another look.

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