Villa defender changes allegiance Aston Villa Centre Half Ciaran Clark who had captained England U-18's has declared for the Republic of Ireland. The defender who is considered a great prospect had conversations with Villa team-mate Richard Dunne. It is thought Dunne alerted the FAI when he heard Clarks parents were both Irish. He has already started to feature for Villa this season and was played in a central midfield role in Villas last league encounter in the Derby match against Birmingham. Clark said on ww.rte.ie/sport "Why have I chosen to play for Ireland? For myself and my family." "My family have done a lot for me over the years, since I was a little boy. I owe them a lot so I've made this decision for them. "Richard Dunne (Villa and Ireland defender) mentioned it to Ireland and they looked into it and got in contact with me and the club. They gave me time to think about it and about my decision. 'If all the paperwork has gone through by the next game, I'll be in contention so fingers crossed that happens." Clark said regarding England "I was England Under-18 captain but I didn't think I was going anywhere really with that." "When a young lad gets an opportunity like this, it is hard to turn down."