Davies to remain grounded

05 February 2008 12:35
Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has vowed to keep his feet on the ground despite his recent call-up to the full England squad. The on-loan defender was named in Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man squad for Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland before being cut when the Italian reduced it to 23 players on Saturday evening. However, despite receiving the international boost, the former England Under-21 star has pledged to continue working hard and trying to improve for Villa. "I was never going to get carried away with myself," he told the club's official website. "I was surprised to be in the England squad, but I didn't believe in my own hype. "I learn from every game I play - whether a good game or a bad game - I know I still have a long way to go before I can get into a 23-man squad." Meanwhile, Davies is hoping Sunday's surprise 2-1 defeat at Fulham was merely a blip as Villa look to finish among the qualification places for European football next season. "There's reason for hope but in our last three games we've drawn two - and I know they were against Liverpool and Blackburn - and lost one, so we could be much higher up the table than we are," he continued. "But that's football. You have your ups and downs, good patches and bad patches. Hopefully we can win against Newcastle (on Saturday lunchtime) and continue to go for that fourth place."

Source: ESA