Davies eyes England cap
Curtis Davies concedes to make his England debut in Germany would crown what has been a brilliant year.
Last Updated: 19/11/08 12:25pm
Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies concedes to make his England debut in Germany would crown what has been a brilliant year for the accomplished defender.
England coach Fabio Capello is a firm admirer of the former West Brom stopper and has been quick to integrate him into his full squad.
Davies was named in the Italian's first provisional squad for the friendly international with Switzerland at Wembley in February.
He then suffered a ruptured Achilles against Arsenal the following month but came back ahead of schedule to play a major role in Villa's push for a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League this season.
Now the former West Brom captain is hoping he has created a favourable impression during the past three days with Capello, as he looks to push for a place in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Davies told TheFA.com: "It's crazy really. I think two weeks ago I wasn't even in the Aston Villa team but to be here with England is a massive honour.
"Now I'm here I'm delighted just to be here, but I would quite like to get a few minutes on the pitch tonight against Germany.
"To be named in the manager's first provisional squad was great because, like this time, I really didn't expect it.
"Now to step into the 23-man squad is another step forward, and if I could get some minutes it would cap a really great year for me.
"If I have done well in the manager's eyes while I've been here then, even if I don't get a cap, I can stay in his mind for future games.
"I can just keep my form going for Aston Villa and, if I can be involved in any of the qualifiers, then great."
Davies hopes the likes of himself and Villa team-mates Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and James Milner can all push to break into the England side. Agbonlahor and Young are expected to be given some action by Capello in Berlin.
Davies continued: "Villa have a lot of good players coming through the ranks. I think a lot of the players won the FA Youth Cup a few years ago and a lot of the players came through that team.
"The gaffer (Martin O'Neill) also likes to buy English. He's brought me, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young and James Milner in, so he does like young English players.
"Hopefully we can push on with Aston Villa and perhaps all break into the England team.
"Gabby has great pace first and foremost but he's not just fast, he's powerful as well. You see some people who are fast but they get knocked off the ball easily.
"When Gabby's running with the ball, he's still strong enough to hold you off at the same time.
"Ashley can put a ball wherever he wants it. He's got an unbelievable delivery and, if you check his Villa stats, I think he creates or scores a goal every other game."