Ashley Young has been discussing the ways in which he can help the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to develop after being recalled to the England squad for friendlies with Germany and Brazil.
The Englishman, who only made 12 Premier League appearances last season, has been an indispensable figure under Jose Mourinho since recovering from a groin problem in September.
And he was duly handed a place in the England side by Gareth Southgate for the first time since September 2013.
Speaking to FATV ahead of England’s clash with Germany on Friday, Young insisted that he would do all he could to help Rashford and Lingard progress further for the Three Lions ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.
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Following years of anonymity, Young suddenly has the chance to assert himself on this England squad once again.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the 32-year-old, who hasn’t been a regular in Manchester United’s starting XI since about 2012, now existed firmly outside the framework of selection on a national level. His name just wasn’t considered, even if he was performing at the required standard. This has been the case with Michael Carrick for some time as well.
But with Southgate looking to implement a vision incorporating wing backs and a defensive trio, Young’s guile and knowhow out wide, along with his superb crossing ability, may indeed serve as both a vital weapon going forward and a binding force in a team still gelling, whilst also helping to nurture the next generation of footballers as they look to impose themselves on the senior set-up.