Young aims to keep England place

The Aston Villa player had been on the periphery of the team until

he impressed when he scored his first goal for his country as a

substitute against Denmark last month. Young was in the starting 11

for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales and then the Ghana clash and

finally looks at home in an England jersey. After playing a major

part in setting up the two goals in Cardiff, he was again the

creator for Andy Carroll’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Ghana and also

hit the bar from close range. It was another indication of why

Young is expected to be a hot property this summer and he has

already been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool.

Young said: “There has been change in the England team. Look at the

players who went to the World Cup and the players who are in the

squad and the team now not just against Ghana but also against

Wales. “Things have changed. The manager said he was going to bring

change to the squad and I think he has done that. “A few new boys

(Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Gary Cahill) had a run out and it was nice

to see that.” Young added: “You want to be part of things and I was

happy with my performance. “Every time any players are out there,

it’s a proud moment and they are going to put in 100% for their

country. “The shot that came off the bar should have gone in but it

is just one of those things. It just popped up. “I had another

chance and the keeper saved it. I was just happy to be in the side

again and to get another cap. “It is always disappointing to

concede a goal but so late on is really disappointing. “It was a

good test for us but we’ve got to dust ourselves off and

concentrate on the next game.” Young added: “Who knows whether I’ve

cemented a place. That is down to the manager. “He decides the

team. When I put on the shirt, I’ve got to put on a good

performance. “I think I did that against Wales and I felt I did

that again against Ghana. Next time we meet up, we’ll just have to

wait and see what happens.”