Saturday, 08 October, 2011
In-form forward pleased with his own role in UEFA EURO 2012 qualification.
Ashley Young spoke of his pride and delight after setting the Three Lions on their way to Poland and Ukraine with England’s opening goal in the 2-2 draw with Montenegro.
The Manchester United forward got England off to a flying start by heading home Theo Walcott’s cross in the tenth minute, before setting up his former Aston Villa team-mate Darren Bent to make it 2-0 after 31 minutes, although he admitted he was tempted to go for his second goal of the night.
“Was I tempted? Of course, I was through on goal. But I heard Darren calling for the ball and if someone’s in a better position to score, then I’m always going to set him up, so I put the ball across and he has got on the scoresheet.”
And Young was just as grateful to Walcott’s pinpoint cross that set up his fourth England goal.
“It was a great ball from Theo, who did brilliantly all through the game," he said. "He got down the line and put in a great cross, and I just had to get my head on the ball and direct it towards goal. I was delighted.
“I’ve really enjoyed the campaign, getting goals and assists, and playing from the start. I’m delighted that we are going to the Euros now. We knew it was going to be tough today, but the main job was to get the point and we can look forward now.”
Not that he is taking his place for granted.
“There is always competition for places. The team has changed throughout the campaign, but whenever the players are called upon to go out there and play for your country, you want to give it 110 per cent. It’s a proud moment to pull on the England shirt and that goes throughout the whole team.”