| Rookie Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell
had a lucky escape following a car crash on his way home from England
under-18 international duty.
The 18-year-old, who shot to prominence earlier this season, by scoring twice for Villa in the UEFA Cup tie with Stromsgodset in September, admitted he was lucky to be alive after skidding on ice and crashing into a tree.
He said: ``The crash was horrific and I could have been killed. Fortunately I didn't have a scratch and I realise that I am lucky to be alive.''