Albrighton - No burn-out fears
Marc Albrighton insists he is happy to play for England Under 21s whenever he is called upon.
Last Updated: 30/03/11 9:03am
Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton insists he is happy to play for England Under 21s whenever he is called upon.
Young Lions boss Stuart Pearce has met resistance from Arsenal and Liverpool over the potential involvement of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll in this summer's European U21 Championship in Denmark, with the clubs insisting the added strain could leave the players exhausted ahead of the new season.
But 21-year-old Albrighton, capped six times at U21 level, says he does not fear burn-out and would be delighted to play every game for Pearce's side.
He said: "There's nothing like competitive football. It's what you strive for and to go away with your country is a big honour.
"If I can get picked for that squad, it would be great for me. There's nothing better than playing football. I love it.
"I'm not worried about burn-out, I'm only 21. There's no chance of that happening. I'd play every day if I could.
"I have to pinch myself that I get paid to play."
Albrighton says he takes inspiration from his Villa team-mates and senior England internationals Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, who both featured in the Three Lions' Euro 2012 qualifying victory in Wales on Saturday, as well as the friendly international against Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday.
He added: "Ash was brilliant against Wales and Stewart did well when he came on.
"The English talent at the club is great at the moment. For me to be learning from players like that is great."
Villa currently sit just one point clear of the Premier League drop zone ahead of a crucial trip to Everton on Saturday, but Albrighton is confident they can beat relegation this season.
"This weekend is a massive game, but we'll go there looking to win," he said. "We've got eight games left and we'll look to win them all."