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Official first team squad number list revealed for 2011-12 campaign

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Official first team squad number list revealed for 2011-12 campaign

Villa's official first team squad number list for the 2011-12 campaign has been announced.

There are two major changes with star striker Darren Bent taking the traditional goalscorer's No.9 jersey, while Stephen Ireland will wear the No.7 shirt that was vacated by Ashley Young following his move to Manchester United.

There is one new name on the squad list with talented midfielder Gary Gardner receiving No.38 as he looks to make an impact in the senior ranks.

Youngsters Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Barry Bannan, Eric Lichaj, Andreas Weimann and Jonathan Hogg retain the same numbers worn in 2010-11 after returning from loan spells at the end of last term.

Midfielder Ireland is particularly excited about wearing his "lucky" No.7 - and he has backed Bent to flourish as No.9.

"Darren's taking No.9 and I'm taking No.7," he said.

"My number has always been seven, but when I came here Ash had got that number.

"But now I've got the one I want and so has Darren so we're really happy about that.

"I've always worn the No.7 since I was a young boy and it's the number I love. It kind of is a superstitious thing.

"The No.9 probably comes with a bit more pressure but I'm sure Darren can handle that and score the goals and hopefully I can do what a number seven should and set him up for a few of them."

The confirmed squad number list is as follows:

2 Luke Young
3 Stephen Warnock
5 Richard Dunne
6 Stewart Downing
7 Stephen Ireland
9 Darren Bent
11 Gabby Agbonlahor
12 Marc Albrighton
14 Nathan Delfouneso
16 Fabian Delph
17 Jean II Makoun
18 Emile Heskey
19 Stiliyan Petrov
21 Ciaran Clark
22 Brad Guzan
23 Habib Beye
24 Carlos Cuellar
25 Barry Bannan
26 Andreas Weimann
28 Jonathan Hogg
29 James Collins
30 Eric Lichaj
31 Chris Herd
32 Nathan Baker
33 Andy Marshall
34 Shane Lowry
35 Daniel Johnson
38 Gary Gardner
43 Elliot Parish

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By @AVFCOfficial 14th July 2011
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