Carlos Sanchez explains how his World Cup experience can help Aston Villa

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Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez wants to call upon his World Cup experience to help Tim Sherwood's men.

Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez has told the Birmingham Mail that his experience with Colombia at last summer's World Cup last summer can help Tim Sherwood's side.

Sanchez, 29, had spells with Danubio, River Plate Montevideo, Valenciennes and Elche before making the move to Villa Park last summer.

The defensive midfielder has played 22 Premier League games for Villa this season, and was introduced after just 25 minutes against Swansea City last weekend.

Sanchez is now set to feature for Villa against Manchester United after the international break, with Tom Cleverley ineligible to face his parent club.

Sanchez must first face Bahrain and Kuwait for Colombia, who he shot to prominence with at last summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Colombia captured the hearts of many in Brazil, making their way through to the quarter-finals before being harshly beaten by the hosts.

James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado stole the limelight, but Colombia wouldn't have been nearly as successful without the protection in midfield from Sanchez.

Now involved in a very different scenario as Villa bid for Premier League survival, Sanchez believes that his experience with Colombia last summer can be beneficial to Tim Sherwood's men as it helped him develop as a player.

"Individually I have grown a lot because of the experience that I have acquired with the national team," said Sanchez. "That will continue to be the case whenever I play."

"The World Cup (where Colombia were knocked out by Brazil in the quarter-finals) was a marvellous and unforgettable experience. It helped me grow as we lived some extraordinary moments as a group. I feel it myself in the way that I play now. There is a progression from how I played before." he added.

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