Gareth Barry believes new England coach Fabio Capello could become a regular visitor to Aston Villa given the depth of young homegrown talent at the club.

Capello will watch his first live match since replacing Steve McClaren when he takes in Villa's home FA Cup third round clash with Manchester United.

Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is expected to come under the scrutiny of the Italian who names his squad for the friendly international against Switzerland on February 6 at the end of the month.

But there are other candidates such as Ashley Young, Scott Carson, Nigel Reo-Coker and Barry himself who will be looking to catch Capello's eye in the televised encounter on Saturday evening.

Villa skipper Barry said: "At the moment, Aston Villa is a great option for the England manager.  There were three of us involved (Barry, Carson, Young) in the last squad against Croatia and you can probably count another five that see themselves hopeful of trying to impress the England manager.

"It is good for the club there are so many English players there with a lot of ability."

From a personal point of view Barry was disappointed to see McClaren sacked given the fact he had handed him his first extended run in the starting line-up at international level.  He said: "I am sure there are going to be a number of changes and it just won't be myself that is in that position of having to start all over again.

"There will be number of players throughout the country starting again really and looking to impress. It all comes back to what you try and do anyway which is to perform well for your club.

"Was I sorry to see Steve McClaren go? It is never nice to see a manager go. If qualification for Euro 2008 been achieved, I would have seen myself as being part of a squad in a big championship. I have looked at it like that, yes."

Barry is optimistic Villa can finally chalk up a home victory against United after losing the last eight meetings in front of their own fans including a 4-1 reversal in the Barclays Premier League earlier this season.

Martin O'Neill's side are challenging strongly for a European spot and have proved deadly at exploiting set-pieces this season with 18 of their 37 league goals coming from free-kicks or corners.

Barry said: "The record is not something we should think too hard about. I am sure it will be broken soon.

"In terms of what we have achieved so far, and given the confidence in the squad, you look at it as a great chance going into the game tomorrow.
"We know we've got to respect the players they've got and the way they play, especially away from home. and the calibre of attacking play and the pace we've got. But we can take confidence from the first half hour in the league game here. I feel we can learn a lot of lessons from the league game.

"We were comfortable for 30 minutes and taking the game to them and on another day a chance could have gone in which would have made it 2-0.

"It is all about fine lines and, if we get the chances tomorrow, we are going to have to take them."

Barry has hailed the contribution made to United for the past 15 years of Ryan Giggs and is a massive fan of the former Welsh international.  He said: "Ryan Giggs has been magnificent for many years. He has scored plenty of great goals and has created many others with his assists.

"He has maintained a high quality for so many years and that shows his quality. He has been a revelation for Manchester United and their fans will admire him and hero worship him for many years to come."