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Villa U21 stars to miss Spain trip

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Aston Villa's England Under-21 players - Gabriel Agbonlahor, James Milner and Craig Gardner - have been excluded from the squad for the Peace Cup in Spain.

The Villa trio did not end their involvement in the European Championships in Sweden until the end of June and will not report back with the midlands club until early August after being given an extra break.

Left-back Wilfred Bouma, who missed all of last season with a dislocated ankle, has been selected and the likes of Emile Heskey, John Carew and Stiliyan Petrov, who were involved in World Cup qualifiers until the second week of June, have been included in the party by manager Martin O'Neill.

Winger Ashley Young, linked with a possible move to Chelsea and Manchester United, will have a chance to impress any would-be interested parties.

There are also places for some of the youngsters who excelled in the recent pre-season friendlies against Peterborough and Colchester.

Villa take on co-hosts Malaga in their first group stage game on Saturday, before facing Atlante of Mexico next Wednesday.

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