In this era of multiculturalism in the Barclays Premier League, the 50th League Cup final will almost feel like a throwback to the days when Martin O'Neill was winning the competition as a player.
It will be two very English teams who collide at Wembley on Sunday; under the guidance of two very British managers in Sir Alex Ferguson and O'Neill.
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Eight members of England's squad for the World Cup could be on the field - six for Aston Villa, two for Manchester United - with up to five more British or Irish players alongside them.
O'Neill has built his team on a foundation of English talent; on the pace of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor; the skill and intelligence of James Milner and Stewart Downing; and the determination of Emile Heskey and Stephen Warnock.
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