Football365.com have recently released the best XI of players within the Premier League that are yet to be capped for each of their national teams and several Aston Villa players have been included.
The selected team includes Aaron Ramsdale, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Wesley Fofana, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Pascal Gross, Ivan Toney, Eberechi Eze and Allan Saint-Maximin. The remaining three space are all occupied by Villa players.
The first inclusion comes as no surprise and is likely the first name that would spring to mind for Villa fans for who they think should be representing their country. Ezri Konsa has represented England at several different levels within the youth set-up, and even won the World Cup in 2017. He has been capped seven times at under 21 level, but a senior call-up has eluded him so far.
Konsa is largely regarded as the best centre back at the club by fans and continues to display his ability on a consistent basis at the highest level. His reading of the game paired physical attributes make getting past him almost an impossible task at times for opposing players. If he continues this form, it will be increasingly more difficult for Gareth Southgate to continue to ignore him.
The next inclusion will be a reminder to the fans of the quality of player they have amongst their ranks, that they may have forgotten. Matt Targett is yet to represent England and has been chosen as the best left back in the Premier League yet to cap for his country.
He was voted the Aston Villa Players Player of the Year last season and has represented England at under 21 level whilst Southgate was the manager. Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell seem to have this position secured but in the event of an injury, Targett will be there to step up in their place for the national team.
The controversy surrounding Emiliano Buendia and the Argentina national team has been well documented in the media, but despite this he is still yet to make an appearance for them. He was called up to the squad before making his record-breaking transfer to Villa but was later left out of the squad.
He has since struggled with injuries and Dean Smith has opted for a system that hasn’t made it easy for him to break into the squad. There has been glimpses of the quality he possesses and once he gets an opportunity to consistently display his abilities in this squad, he will solidify his claim to a spot within the national side too.
Aston Villa players make up 27% of this team and it possibly outlines how underrated the players are. With several of their teammates including Tyrone Mings, John McGinn and Douglas Luiz all showcasing their abilities on the biggest stage, it won’t be long till the likes of Buendia and Konsa are joining them.