World Cup aspirations will aid form for Aston Villa, believes Vlaar

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar believes his hopes of making the Holland starting XI in next year’s World Cup will help him show consistently good form for Paul Lambert’s side, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Vlaar is one of the more experienced members of Villa’s squad, and was handed the captaincy shortly after joining the club from Feyenoord in the summer of 2012. Last season he helped Villa to a 15th placed finish in the Premier League, but has been part of an inconsistent start to the current campaign.

Since making his first appearance back in 2005, Vlaar has earned 17 caps for Holland, for whom he started twice during Euro 2012 as they finished bottom of their group having lost to Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

He has occasionally played during Holland’s World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, and with a place in Brazil already secured, the 28-year-old hopes that his ambition to become first-choice under Louis van Gaal will help his domestic form.

Now we have made it to Brazil, I’m obviously hoping to be selected in the squad for the finals,” said Vlaar, adding: “So I have an added incentive for making sure I produce my best form for Villa over the coming months – not that I wouldn’t be striving to do that anyway.

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