Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Gabriel feels burn after Villa's long season

Gabriel Agbonlahor is concerned he may suffer footballing burn-out this summer but will take heart from the likes of Steven Gerrard in trying to combat the threat.

The Aston Villa striker reported back in early July last summer for the Intertoto Cup and could be involved with the England Under-21s in the European Championships right through to the end of June.

Agbonlahor said: "Some of us will have played virtually 12 months football with the European Championships not ending until the end of June.

"It’s been a long season with starting early (for the Intertoto Cup). Then I think next season starts a bit earlier because it is World Cup year.

"You do get worried but we are young players and, if you look at players like Steven Gerrard, they have done it."

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