Car­son signs loan deal with As­ton Villa and is backed to step up with Eng­land

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GARETH BARRY, the As­ton Villa cap­tain, be­lieves Scott Car­son’s Eng­land as­pi­ra­tions can only be en­hanced by his move to the Mid­lands club.

Car­son has agreed to join Villa on a sea­son-long loan from Liver­pool in a deal cost­ing around £2m, with the for­mer Leeds goal­keeper hav­ing spent a sim­i­lar spell with Charl­ton last sea­son.

He is ex­pected to make his de­but for Villa, who face Liver­pool to­day, in next week­end’s Pre­mier League game at New­cas­tle and Barry said: “This is a great sign­ing for As­ton Villa. Scott is a proven Pre­mier League player and he came close to keep­ing Charl­ton up last sea­son when he turned in some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances.

“Scott has also said he wants to be push­ing Paul Robin­son all the way for a se­nior Eng­land place.

“A full sea­son at Villa play­ing un­der Martin O’Neill can only do him the world of good.”

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