Warnock keen to seize chance
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock feels he has earned his right to be called up for England duty.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 09/11/09 5:47pm
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock feels he has earned his right to be called up for England's friendly with Brazil after making the decision to quit Blackburn Rovers to enhance his international prospects.
The former Liverpool full-back was deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield by manager Rafa Benitez, two years after achieving his first of what is now three national squad call-ups back in 2005.
Warnock, who at one point looked like he would be never return to the Three Lions set-up, left the Reds for Rovers in 2007, where the Ormskirk-born performer enjoyed a fruitful two-year spell with the Lancashire outfit.
Playing in midfield, as well as his preferred left-back position, the versatile 27-year-old excelled in Blackburn colours and landed his second England call-up, before securing his first cap as a substitute in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in May 2008.
Since then Warnock has been out of the fray, but since his summer move to Aston Villa, the once England Under 16 international has re-entered Fabio Capello's plans ahead of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.
With Ashley Cole out injured with a depressed fracture of the tibia and his left-back deputy Wayne Bridge out of form, Warnock is ready to seize his chance and believes his move to Villa from Blackburn has been vindicated by his latest call-up.
"It's been justified," he told Sky Sports News of being included in the squad for the Qatar fixture against the five-time Word Cup champions Brazil on 14th November.
"He (Capello) is at quite a lot of our games, the Chelsea game and Manchester City game recently, so he's a frequent watcher of the team and there is a bulk of players in and around the squad."