Warnock eyeing World Cup chance

26 February 2010 07:43
Warnock has played only six minutes for his country as a late substitute in the away friendly with Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008.[LNB]His immediate focus is on the Carling Cup final with Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday with Villa looking to lift their first trophy for 14 years.[LNB]But Warnock has moved up Fabio Capello's pecking order with Ashley Cole's ankle injury and Bridge's decision to stand down from being selected for his country.[LNB]Asked if Bridge's stance put him a great position, Warnock said: "I don't know. That is the manager's decision at the end of the day, whom he picks and whom he thinks is right for the job.[LNB]"All I can do is concentrate on my form for Villa and hope that is enough to impress the manager.[LNB]"I was pushing for it anyway and always felt if my form was good enough, I could push Wayne Bridge as hard as I could.[LNB]"But, with the events that have unfolded, possibly it opens a door and you just never know what could happen.[LNB]"I have never made any secret of my ambition to play for my country again."[LNB]Warnock has been in excellent form for Villa since his £7million move from Blackburn in the summer and is relishing the clash with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.[LNB]He said: "The atmosphere in the camp is great. People are looking forward to going to the final.[LNB]"It is a great occasion for the club. When I was packing my bag and getting my suit ready, it really kicked in that we are going to Wembley.[LNB]"A lot of the family are coming to the game. I needed a few more tickets![LNB]"I got a phone call off my brother-in-law on Thursday asking for a couple of extra tickets. Good timing a couple of days before the game. He's only had a month!"[LNB]Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov is winning his battle to be fit for the final.[LNB]The Bulgaria international has been laid low with a virus in recent days and was forced to pull out of the midweek FA Cup fifth-round replay success over Crystal Palace at Villa Park.[LNB]But Petrov was given the all clear yesterday to resume training.[LNB]Petrov, who played for Celtic in the 2003 UEFA Cup final against Porto in Seville, said: "The virus is okay. It is better.[LNB]"I've been on antibiotics for the last three or four days and we are expecting every day for it to get better and better. I think it should be okay for Sunday."[LNB][LNB] World Cup Outright - Cash Back if England win. Click here to bet.  

Source: Team_Talk


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