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Aston Villa striker deserves England call-up - Collymore

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Agbonlahor has enjoyed a good start to the season (©GettyImages)
Agbonlahor has enjoyed a good start to the season (©GettyImages).

Stan Collymore has backed Aston Villa hitman Gabriel Agbonlahor to earn an England recall, and secure the Three Lions' place at Brazil 2014 in the process.

Roy Hodgson's men are in pole position to seal their spot at next summer's showcase event and Collymore believes Agbonlahor is the man to lead the line in next months final two qualifiers.

Collymore, a former England striker himself, told the Official Aston Villa website: "England will hopefully clinch a place in next year's World Cup finals when they play their matches next month. And I reckon Gabby Agbonlahor could be the man to make sure we go to Brazil."

England's last qualifier ended in a 0-0 draw in Ukraine, and although Hodgson was pleased with the result, Collymore believes there may have been cause for concern, and Agbonlahor is the answer.

He said: "Last Tuesday's goalless draw in Ukraine might have edged us closer to the finals but Roy Hodgson must have been concerned by his team's lack of striking power in Kiev.

"If he wants someone with outrageous pace who is also experienced and is capable of scoring goals, he doesn't have to look any further than Villa's record Premier League marksman."

Agbonlahor has pulled on the Three Lions shirt before, making three starts during the Fabio Capello era, the last of which came in October 2010, nearly a year after his first.

Now Collymore, who also picked up three England caps, believes it's time 'Gabby' was reintroduced to the international set up, saying: "Gabby will be at his peak over the next couple of years and he certainly deserves a recall to the national squad after the way he has started the new campaign.

"He has honed his movement down to a tee over the course of more than six seasons in the top flight and has developed a cute football brain."

Although the 26-year-old is yet to score this season, he found the net six times in nine games at the end of last season to help secure Villa's Premier League status and make him the club's highest goal scorer in the Premier League era.

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