International preview: Villa trio look to stake World Cup claim
Several Villa stars are looking to stake a claim for World Cup selection in tonight's international friendlies.
Christian Benteke is set to line up for Belgium in their clash against Ivory Coast in Brussels.
Benteke, fresh from his superb brace against Norwich last weekend, will be out to convince national coach Marc Wilmots that he is the man to lead the line in Brazil this summer.
Brad Guzan hopes to get some international action under his belt when the United States take on Ukraine.
Guzan is looking to push Everton's Tim Howard for the No.1 jersey and tonight's clash in Cyprus could offer him an opportunity to impress coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Another Villan setting his sights on this summer's World Cup is Ron Vlaar.
The skipper is in Paris this evening for Holland's clash against France.
Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark could feature for the first time under new Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill as their preparations begin for Euro 2016 qualification.
Clark missed ex-Villa manager O'Neill's first games against Latvia and Poland but is in the squad for tonight's friendly against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Andreas Weimann has joined up with Austria as they provide warm-up opposition for England's World Cup opponents Uruguay in Klagenfurt.
Victory over Montenegro at Dublin's Tallaght Stadium could lift the boys in green up to second behind Group 6 leaders Germany.
Callum Robinson, who was named on the bench for Sunday's Barclays Premier League win over Norwich, has been called up by England U19s for the friendly against Turkey.
The clash takes place at Chester's Deva Stadium.
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