England warned over Gabby Agbonlahor omission

Tony Morley today warned England they should have gambled on Gabby Agbonlahor to fire them to the World Cup.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and Rotherham United's Lee Frecklington
Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, right

The ex-Villa star reckons in-form Agbonlahor would have been ideal for the Three Lions in tonight’s key qualifier in Ukraine.

Three-cap Agbonlahor has not played for his country in four years but a lightning start to the Premier League season saw boss Paul Lambert lead cries for a recall.

But Roy Hodgson ignored Agbonlahor despite being without the injured Wayne Rooney and Morley, who won six England caps, insisted it was a mistake.

“It’s an important game for England. I don’t think they can go there and hope for a draw, they have the players to go out there and win,” said ex-Albion and Birmingham winger Morley, who made 180 appearances, scoring 34 goals, for Villa.

“They should have taken Gabby and had him on the bench. He can play that sort of impact role when his pace, especially when teams are getting tired, can be devastating.

“I would certainly have had him the squad. This is the best I’ve seen him play in the last three or four years. He’s started the season very well, he’s very sharp and very strong.”

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Comments for: "England warned over Gabby Agbonlahor omission "


if we wanted somebody to get the ball and run it straight out of play for a throw in to the opposition, then next time to control the ball off his shin and hand the ball straight back to the oppo and generally be terrible at football, then yes we should have picked Gabby.

Luckily, Roy can spot a footballer a mile off, hence no room for this donkey in the sqaud.


i thought Wallcott was in the squad!

Tony Morely

Knows more than you ... you donkey!

Ronnie Allen

You related chief?? Not in name obviously.


i see you have as much a footballing brain as Roy then!!


Clearly you haven't watched Gabby play this season...

Since xmas more goals than Rooney

Two penalties against Arsenal and Chelsea due to his pace

Number of assists....

Watch him...then make your mind up!


The exact reason England will never win anything as the side is STILL picked on names and by the media. Players like Gabby will never get a sniff - im sure it would be a whole different story if he was at the Spuds or Liverpool. If Sterling was at Villa would he off got in last year?


Biggest mistake ever was putting that old dinosaur in charge of England but as we all know he's just a yes man for the F.A and it's true if not from the top teams you've got no chance unless the media badger him just like they did with lambert and agree gabby should have been given a chance with all the injurys I think his overall game has improved in the last 18 months and we can't do much worse as England are so predictable and boring to watch these days no hunger or passion anymore all on two much money and comfortable in there lives no fire in there belly no fight that's why I agree give the lesser players a chance least they will fight to the death for there country

The guy should never wear an England shirt after the time he was to tired to play for is country

pye green wolf

as a wolves fan I find it baffling at gabby's exclusion current form he wipes the floor with milner,

can only deduce roy's not watched any midlands clubs

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