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Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood have been touted for possible call-ups recently, and the Villans boss has backed them to impress during the season

Paul Lambert is excited at the prospect of some of his Aston Villa players being called up to represent England at next summer's World Cup.

The Villans manager has a number eligible for Roy Hodgson's squad, with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood all keen to make their mark before the end of the season.

"I think it's great for the Premier League that England qualified because it's important," Lambert told the club's official website.

"It's good for the manager and the players and it may be the last chance for some of the lads to play in a World Cup, which is great. There's unfair criticism at times but the bottom line is they have qualified.

"The lads that are in contention will hopefully stay fit and healthy and will go. For their countries it's great and a great honour to go to the World Cup, especially in Brazil which I think will be a great tournament."

Lambert has been impressed by the quartet so far this term, but acknowledges that Hodgson could stay loyal to those who helped England during the qualification period although is confident some left-field choices can emerge.

"There's one or two who are playing really well. You tend to find the ones who got you there will form the majority of the squad. But you do get one or two who do surface from somewhere. If they can do it, then great.

"You can get injuries between now and the end of the season. Things can happen. You've just got to hope that your players are on their game and they get looked at or have an opportunity.

"It's a big season for every English player in terms of getting to this World Cup."