The last time Ashley Young pulled on an England shirt was in 2013, four years ago. He came on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere in 0-0 draw against Ukraine in September, 2013. He had suffered the disappointment of being left out of Fabio Capello’s squad for 2010 World Cup. He wasn’t even in contention for the 2014 world cup squad. Now, he has a big chance to make to Russia next summer, if he continues with his strong performances for Manchester united.
The Manchester United man said, “I never once shut the door on England or thought that the door was shut. I’ve shown I am ¬deserving of a place in the ¬England squad but I don’t just want a place in the squad, I want to be in the team.”
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that Ashley Young gained his trust after having been picked regularly for the national side by his predecessors. The 32-year-old had not featured for the Three Lions since 2013, but his form for United at left-back/left wing-back this season convinced Southgate into a recall.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Southgate insisted that he is open to offering opportunities to senior players despite playing emphasis on grooming young talent prior to next year’s World Cup, he said, “Generally speaking we want to look at younger players, and develop the team, but I’ve always said if a more senior player is playing well and warrants the call-up, we should include them. He’s a player every Manchester United manager has picked, and that tells me something about his mentality and the trust they have in him.”