Monday media watch [02.06.14]: Vlaar living World Cup dream
Birmingham Mail: Ron Vlaar is ready to make his long-awaited World Cup dream a reality after being selected for Holland's Brazil 2014 squad following Villa's nightmare season. With the tournament now less than a fortnight away, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal finalised the 23-man party at the weekend - and it includes the Villa captain.
Birmingham Mail: Brett Holman admits he has no regrets despite letting a 'chance of a lifetime' slip by at Aston Villa. The Australian midfielder, who recently announced his retirement from international football, spent the 2012/13 season at Villa Park but failed to make an impact. On reflection of his time in the Midlands he struggled to mention many stand-out moments that benefitted the claret and blues.
Express and Star: Ian Taylor today urged Villa to invest in experience if they are going to improve. The claret and blue legend insisted the lack of players going to the World Cup highlights the need for new blood. Brad Guzan and Ron Vlaar are the only two Villa players heading to Brazil after Vlaar's selection for the final Netherlands squad was rubber stamped on Saturday.
ClubCall: Norwich City boss Neil Adams wants to keep Wes Hoolahan at the club this summer, but admits the Aston Villa target has been frustrated. Hoolahan, 32, was the subject of a bid from Villa in the January transfer window but was told to ignore it by former Canaries boss Chris Hughton.
Best Of The Rest
Sky Sports: Spain international David Villa has completed his move from Atletico Madrid to newly-formed Major League Soccer side New York City FC.
BBC Sport: Roy Keane has decided to remain assistant boss with the Republic of Ireland despite holding talks about becoming the new manager of Celtic.
Sky Sports: Liverpool have completed the signing of England striker Rickie Lambert from Southampton for a fee believed to be around £4m.
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