I'm focused on Carling Cup not the World Cup insists Villa's Warnock

20 January 2010 08:47
Fringes: Stephen Warnock has been threatening to break into the full England set-up for some time[LNB]Stephen Warnock is putting dreams of being part of England's World Cup squad to one side as the Aston Villa defender looks to help his side clinch a Carling Cup final spot.[LNB]Warnock is challenging strongly with Wayne Bridge to be the number two left-back behind Ashley Cole in South Africa.[LNB]He has just six minutes international experience under his belt - coming against Trinidad and Tobago in 2008 - but has excelled this term leading to calls for a return. [LNB]But all his thoughts for now are on making sure Villa overcome his former club Blackburn in the League Cup semi-final, second leg on Wednesday.[LNB]Villa are red-hot favourites after securing a single goal lead from the first meeting at Ewood Park last week.[LNB]Warnock said: 'I'm trying not to think about the World Cup. I'm just concentrating on the Premier League at the moment - and then hopefully the Carling Cup final if we get there.[LNB]'Villa are in the spotlight and one of the reasons I came to this club is because I knew they are capable of challenging for trophies. [LNB]'What's meant to be is what's meant to be regarding England and, fingers crossed, I will get in there for the World Cup. It's a dream for every player.[LNB]'But I know there's very good players who are more than capable of getting in the squad ahead of me.'[LNB]Warnock and his team-mates are determined to ensure Villa cash in on their first-leg success against Sam Allardyce's side.[LNB] Eye on the final: Warnock (right) helped shutout former club Blackburn in the semi-final first leg at Ewood Park last week[LNB]And he insists confidence has not been dented by the disappointing goalless draw with West Ham at the weekend.[LNB]He said: 'We got a great result in the first leg and we know that we have set ourselves up nicely to bring them back to Villa Park and hopefully get the right result.[LNB]'The only thing we were disappointed in was not to score more goals. I think if we had grabbed a couple more we could have been in a very strong position going into the game.[LNB]'We are in a strong position now but it could have been even more favourable but the lads were very happy to get a clean sheet away from home.[LNB]'Will the West Ham game affect confidence? No, definitely not. This is a completely different game. The confidence hasn't been dented and it's still high, from the results of late.[LNB]'We still know we are capable of doing well in the league and upsetting teams and we know we are very capable in the cup as well.'[LNB] Sam Allardyce blasts Blackburn fans' poor show for semi-final clash at VillaASTON VILLA v Blackburn: John Carew doubtful for Carling Cup clashEl-Hadji Diouf and Morten Gamst Pedersen back to boost Blackburn against Aston VillaALL THE ASTON VILLA FC

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