Date: 17th December 2007 at 9:01am
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Speaking on the official site Nigel Reo-Coker has announced two of his New Year Resolutions and although ambitious, are hardly original.

No it’s not quit smoking (not that I’m suggesting NRC does), it’s not stop drinking as much (not that I’m suggesting his does), it’s not lose a few pounds (his bum doesn’t look big in our kit so he’s fine).

Nope his two New Years Resolutions are to help villa get into Europe and to earn himself a debut in Capello’s new England.

Having captained England before at U-21 level, Nigel is gagging to join Barry, Carson and Young in future squads, and I doubt he’d mind getting his hands on the Captains armband either!

‘My Christmas wish would have to be an England call-up. I would love to make my England debut and I would be very happy if I got that opportunity.

‘I still do want to play for my country and I hope I don’t get overlooked and people don’t forget about me.

‘I am enjoying this new role and I have an opportunity of adding another strength to my repertoire.

‘I am used to being a dynamic box-to-box midfielder but the gaffer wants me to play with more discipline and it is something I am doing for the team.

‘He wants me to be a lot more defensive-minded as one of my main assets is my ability to win the ball and break up play and I think that is what Martin sees in me.

‘This is a transitional season for Villa. I think we have to be very happy where we are in the league and Europe is our aim without a doubt.’


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