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The 23-year-old defender is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Sheffield United academy graduate and force his way into England boss Roy Hodgson's plans

Aston Villa newboy Matt Lowton is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow ex-Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka and eventually earn an England call-up.

The 23-year-old moved to the Midlands club for an undisclosed fee this summer after graduating from the Yorkshire club's ranks.

And he is now looking to get himself in Roy Hodgson's plans much like the 12-times capped Everton centre-back.

"He's done it all and to have someone who's gone from the same club that I have and gone on to play for England is fantastic.” Lowton told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I've got to establish myself with Villa first but hopefully I can go on to emulate him."

The Chesterfield-born defender also admitted it was difficult to leave his boyhood team but says he now has an opportunity to fulfil his long-term goals.

"I'm pleased to have signed for Aston Villa but sad to have left Sheffield United," he added.

"Last season was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it apart from obviously losing the play-off final.

"I love the club and they've done everything for me. The people who've been there down the years have taught me so much."

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