Elder statesman Ashley Young relishes England return

Elder statesman Ashley Young relishes England return

Young came on as a second-half substitute, joining a midfield of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. With Ashley Cole and Rickie Lambert in the team too it was an ageing England side and Young, at 28, was in the middle of it.

Young watched the last World Cup on holiday in Dubai, but can underline his credentials for the next one in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Young plays alongside two other members of England's young contingent - Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford - at United and says he is always happy to share the fruits of his experience.

'I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself. "All of a sudden I'm in the top three seniors". It's refreshing to see that in a kid so young, that he wants to get to the top. I think you become more wise and get more experience. "Coming back here is an honour, to be back with the England squad". Speaking to him even at that young age, he was one of them who just wanted to learn and to be the best.

'I've showed I deserve to be in the squad, ' Young said on Wednesday.

Young made his name, firstly with Watford and then Aston Villa, as a quicksilver winger and also has experience of playing at number 10.

The veteran utility man is the last chance saloon to play a part for the Three Lions at the biggest worldwide football tournament on the planet, with Young set to be 36-years-old by the time the 2022 tournament in Qatar rolls around.

Young has enjoyed playing behind in an unorthodox left-back role and he isn't surprised by Rashford's incredible development.

Young believes his "football brain" has helped his transition further back and his versatility has caught the eye of Southgate.

"As a footballer nowadays you have to be able to adapt and play in different positions, different formations, different systems. I've got that experience as well to be clever, knowing where to be, when to attack, when to defend".

It certainly helps that England are heading towards playing a back three and wing-backs more often than they did, to bring them in line with Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Young has been called back into the England squad, following his strong form for United at wing-back this season. I always said all along, for me, he's a special talent. I think the manager has to drag him off the training pitch every day because he wants to be out there all the time.



Related Posts

Garth Brooks admits to lip-synching at CMA awards
I voted for him a year ago . "I feel like there is country music singers and there is Garth". I was talking to Kelsea (Ballerini) backstage about how we get to do this for a living.

Ball's brother faces jail time in China for stealing
In a statement to PEOPLE, UCLA said , "We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China". The official declined further comment, citing "privacy considerations".

'We should have ousted Sanchez and Ozil' - Dixon
The 59-year-old O'Leary added: "They were in a similar situation - I don't know why they got in a similar situation - with Van Persie".

Topshop removes women-only changing rooms
However one customer fumed online: "That's Topshop scored off my list of places to shop with teenage daughters". It is understood the policy changed in the summer but staff were not clearly informed.

Panasonic unveils the photography-oriented Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera
This is made possible by the camera's new in-body image stabilization system that will guarantee the user with a sharp capture. Panasonic Lumix G9 featuring 20.3 MP sensor with 4K video recording up to 60 frames per second officially launched in US.

FIDGET FRUSTRATION: Group claims popular toy contains lead
Target's spokesman failed to comment about why the retailer would sell a product that could be risky for adults. Lead exposure can be extremely unsafe for children, potentially impacting mental development among other risks.

Jio offers Rs 2599 cash back for Rs 399 recharge
Jio's prime customers could also get a discount of Rs 1000 on all round-trip domestic flight tickets booked through yatra.com. Paytm users will have to use code to avail the cashback- NEWJIO for new users and PAYTMJIO for the existing Prime users.

Review calls for more women at the top of FTSE 350 companies
The government is continuing to work with business to help remove the barriers that can hold women back in their careers. A target set past year for FTSE-100 companies will be extended this week to the next 250 British firms, Sky News learns.

Toddler allergic to dairy dies after pre-school serves him grilled cheese
The city says it will investigate to see if the facility could have done something differently to prevent the tragedy. News 4 has reached out the Department of Health and the Medical Examiner for comment, but neither have responded.

PlayStation App Redesigned For Android And IOS
Sony has also removed the Second Screen functionality because it's now being treated as a separate standalone application. The PlayStation App has always been something of an eyesore, but the latest 17.11.0 update finally fixes that.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.