Aston Villa desperate to improve their 11th place

Barry said: “We are not used to beating Inter but it is a nice little experience and is where big clubs like us want to head.

“The club is moving forward a lot under the manager and the chairman Randy Lerner but I realise things aren’t going to happen overnight.

“We are not going to be playing the Inter Milans this year, probably not next year and it is a big ask for the season after.

“If you look at our team who started against them it is a very good squad of 13 or so players but we know for a season we are going to need more than that as we have found out in previous years.

“You only need to look at our squad on the back of the programme to see how lightweight we are but there’s three weeks to go until the transfer window closes and the manager is working hard to get players in.

“Hopefully, this year the manager will make a few more steps in the transfer market as our aim is to finish as high as possible.

“That’s what we all want at the club and it would certainly help my England claims, as if the team are doing very well it gives you that 20 per cent extra chance of inter national recognition.”