Ashley Young happy to be back with England, now as one of the squad's older heads

Friday 10 Nov 2017
Ashley Young has enjoyed his time back with England at St. George's Park this week

Ashley Young is relishing his second chance with England.

The Manchester United winger, 32, was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Wembley games with Germany and Brazil after an impressive campaign at Old Trafford so far.

And having been out of the Three Lions fold for four years since the last World Cup qualifying campaign, the former Watford and Aston Villa man has slipped seamlessly back into the group.

"It's been good, getting to know the players and staff again, because there's been a lot of change since I was last here,” revealed Young.

“It's about getting yourself back into the routine of being away with England and I just want to get back out there on the pitch now.

"It feels great to be back, to be able to represent my country again is a massive honour for me.

"I've never shut the door on my country and if I'm available and the manager calls upon me, I'll be fit and ready to play.”

Among a largely youthful set of players, Young is one of the more experienced heads in the squad with 30 England caps and 300 Premier League appearances under his belt.

Ashley Young is happy to be something of a mentor to England and Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford

And having already helped the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard during their early days with United, he’s happy to take on a similar role with England's younger players too.

“I call him [Rashford] ‘the kid’ and players like Jesse, they’re always keen to speak to the experienced players and learn,” he explained.

"When you look around the squad, you can see how young it is but there's a lot of talent.

“The lads qualified fantastically well and if I can bring some of the experience I've gained form previous squads to help them, then I'll do just that.

"But with the World Cup next summer, there's no bigger incentive to want to play well.

“I've just got to impress in this camp and in the games if I get a chance and we'll see.

"As a footballer, you want to play the best in the world and to do it at Wembley, it doesn't get better.”

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By Nicholas Veevers