Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young still holds England ambition and World Cup dream
Posted: 9 November 2017 Time: 14:57
Manchester United winger Ashley Young admits he is determined to break his way back into the England squad and earn a ticket to the 2018 World Cup.
The 32-year-old has not played for the Three Lions since 2013 but is in line to feature against Germany and Brazil this month after earning a recall to a much-changed squad under Gareth Southgate.
And with England using the matches against Die Mannschaft and the Samba Kings as preparation for next year’s Russia finals, Young is determined to reclaim a place in the team, regardless of his playing position.
"I'd prefer it if I was playing further up the pitch, but I've been able to adapt and play as a left-back or a right-back and as a wing-back," said Young.
"I've been enjoying football, playing well. Every time I put on the shirt I feel like I've played well and that I deserve the call-up."
He continued: "As a footballer nowadays you have to be able to adapt and play in different positions, different formations, different systems. It's just whether you can adapt to that.
"The manager is talking about a 3-4-3 or wing-backs or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role.
"I've shown I am deserving to be in the England squad but I don't just want a place in the squad, I want to be in the team.
"I'm one of those players who wants to play every game and the World Cup is a long way away - but at the back of my mind I think every English player wants to go to the World Cup."