Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock has said that he is not expecting to get back into the England squad any time soon.
During the back end of last season, Stephen Warnock was left out of the Aston Villa squad, which severely hampered his chances of making it into the England squad. However, it seems that the 29-year-old has taken the situation on the chin, and accepted that he is happy just to be playing for Aston Villa – England would be a dream.
After forcing his way back into the Aston Villa fold under the new regime of Alex McLeish, Stephen Warnock is not looking to divert his attention from the task of excelling in the Premier League. Warnock was a member of the England World Cup squad at South Africa, but he has not been involved in the national team since November. He scored a goal against Manchester City most recently, but he also made a calamitous error in the match to allow Adam Johnson to score a very soft goal.
Stephen Warnock was quoted as saying “Whatever happens beyond my club form is a bonus. I understand it’s difficult to get in for England because Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines are in form and then there’s Kieran Gibbs, who is also a good player.”
Despite scoring against Manchester City, Warnock has once again stressed the fact that he wants to be a good defender first and foremost. He has also said that scoring has always not been his priority, although he would welcome some goals along the way.
It will be interesting to see if Stephen Warnock can force his way through the England squad. At least Warnock can be sure that he will get much more Premier League experience along the way now that he is back in McLeish’s plans.