Lee Hendrie: Aston Villa get overlooked in this key area

Former Aston Villa player Lee Hendrie suggested that his old club don't get treated fairly in terms of international selection.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie told talkSPORT that he feels the club sometimes gets overlooked as a source of international players.

Hendrie claims Villa are by far the biggest club in the Midlands, but suggested that the club aren’t taken seriously when it comes to quality they have and the players who could step forward to play for England.

“I think sometimes Villa does get overlooked (for international players). It's a massive club, it's the biggest club in the Midlands - You look at the lads in there and there are players in that team who could get into the England squad,” said Hendrie.

Fabian Delph is an example of someone who has done well under Roy Hodgson at international level, but there are good examples of players who have perhaps not enjoyed as much game time for their country than should have been the case.

Gabby Agbonlahor is a player who rivals anyone in the Premier League in terms of pace, but someone who has struggled to enjoy a consistent chance to perform for the three lions.

Agbonlahor can turn key games and is a very good player who would do well in any team in terms of exploiting space on the counter attack.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood won’t mind one little bit if his players stay at the club during international breaks because it allows them to have extra rest and decreases the chance that they can pick up an injury.

However, Sherwood should be determined to ensure that his players have the best possible chance of exposure next season, to a level which will ultimately improve their overall quality.

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