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Westy Could Play For England

16 May 2014

Dario wouldn't be suprised if Ash Westwood followed the likes of Ashton, Johnson, Platt and Murphy into the England squad.

The club’s Director of Football Dario Gradi believes that our former midfielder Ashley Westwood could go on to represent England in the future. The Aston Villa midfielder has now made 68 appearances for the Midlands club after moving to Villa Park in August 2012 for an undisclosed fee.

The Crewe-born Westwood has made a remarkable step up from the Football League and was mentioned as a potential future England International after manager Roy Hogdson spoke highly of his progress.

Westwood, 24, made 138 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 15 goals and Dario feels that the cultured midfield player could improve enough to follow the likes of David Platt, Seth Johnson, Dean Ashton, Rob Jones, Danny Murphy and Geoff Thomas into the full England team in the future.

Dario told “When you assess young players you can try and categorise them into what they might be worth.

“With Nick (Powell) and Max (Clayton) we thought they had the potential to be £3 million players. The likes of Westy and Murphy, we knew could become £1 million players.

“Those two can go on and have it in them to improve again. They can still develop and become even better because of where they are and who they are playing against.

  Dario added: “They have got that in them to go on and improve. There was certainly talk of Ashley playing for England last season and that would not surprise me at all.”

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