Clark dreams of first senior cap

Clark dreams of first senior cap

Clark dreams of first senior cap

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark hopes to continue his whirlwind season with a first international appearance next week.

The 21-year-old, whose father Michael was brought up in Milford, scored in his side's 3-1 FA Third Round win against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday bringing his season's tally to four having already netted twice against Arsenal and once against Chelsea.

Clark, who was born in London, had captained England up to U-19 level before opting to declare his interests for Ireland last autumn. He was then called into a squad for the international friendly against Norway in November. However, a calf injury forced his withdrawal so he is keeping his fingers crossed of an involvement on Tuesday when Wales come to Dublin in the Carling Nations Cup.

"It would mean a lot to me," Clark said making his senior bow. "I am looking forward to international duty. I've been named in the provisional squad and, touch wood, hopefully I can play.

"Things are going great for me at the moment and it was a brilliant buzz when the ball hit the back of the net (against Blackburn)."