Agbonlahor doubtful for England

01 October 2011 08:35

Aston Villa matchwinner Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt for England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on Friday.

Agbonlahor scored the opening goal and set up the second for Darren Bent in Villa's 2-0 home win over Wigan. However, he had to be substituted with a back problem and Villa boss Alex McLeish confirmed the club's medical staff would liaise with the England doctors over the injury.

McLeish said: "Gabby's pace was frightening. I would have hated to have played against him in that form. It would have been a hell of a challenge. He is showing England form and we have been told he is under consideration but he has been struggling with a back injury."

Villa maintained their unbeaten league start and McLeish was pleased with the overall performance of his side.

He said: "At last we had big levels from our creative players. That's probably what's been missing in the past few games.

"We have had a lot of opportunities without executing the final ball and for me that has happened in a lot of games. We upped our game and today was very, very good."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez felt his side paid the price for giving possession away too easily for the goals from Agbonlahor and Bent.

He said: "We started the game really bright and found space well but we gave the ball away cheaply a couple of times and we got heavily punished for the goals.

"Goals change the dynamics of the game and it is a real shame because when you go away from home and get 10 corners, it is a real attacking intent.

"We had enough chances with a little bit more composure could have got the goal we needed. But overall we are disappointed in ourselves."

Source: PA