Aston Villa star Curtis Davies sets his sights on a memorable New Year double
Published 23:59 23/12/09 By James Nursey
England prospect Curtis Davies says his Christmas wish is to swiftly regain his Aston Villa spot and push for a World Cup place.
Uncapped Davies, 24, has been called into two England squads by manager Fabio Capello.
He was also invited to Wembley to help celebrate England’s qualification for next summer’s finals in South Africa.
But the centre-back’s season has been badly disrupted by repeatedly dislocating his shoulder, which required surgery in September.
Davies is back in full training now though after a successful operation and could be on the bench for Villa next week.
He faces a battle to regain his first team berth following Carlos Cuellar’s excellent form and the big impact of new signings James Collins and Richard Dunne.
But Davies still harbours ambitions to go to South Africa once he has returned to boost fourth-placed Villa’s Champions League bid.
“The dream would be to go to the World Cup but, if I am totally honest, my New Year’s Resolution is to get back into the Villa side,” said Davies.
“I just want to get a good few games under my belt before the end of the season.
“The current England manager picks on form and doesn’t pick on past form and history.
“There are a few injuries to England players so if I did manage to get back into the Villa team and I do well, then hopefully I could get the nod.
“I think so long as Rio Ferdinand and John Terry are fit, they will play all day long.
“Joleon Lescott and Matthew Upson have also been in most of the squads.
“So if the four who have been in the most squads are fit then I feel they will be the ones to go.
“But otherwise you have me, Gary Cahill, Jonathan Woodgate, Wes Brown competing, and even Phil Jagielka to come back from injury, so there are lots of players vying for those places. It will be interesting to see what happens.”
Big-hearted Davies was speaking at a Christmas lunch for 50 under-privileged kids, which he helped organise with NVA management.
The stopper even spent hundreds of pounds of his own money to buy CDs, chocolates, DVDs and board games for the youngsters.
And the ace intends to enjoy his Christmas after working hard on his fitness to return even better as he relishes fighting for his Villa place.
The £10million defender added: “I am not one of those players who believe they have a divine right to be in the side.
“This time I am coming back as a fourth choice.
“The team that is in at the moment is doing very well and if you are out for a little while then people take your place.
“But I should be the fittest player in the squad the amount of running I have been doing.
“So hopefully I can get back in the side and make a good contribution.”
Davies, signed from West Brom in August 2007, also has an additional incentive as he can renegotiate his Villa contract once he has played two more games for the club.