Manchester United star Ashley Young is delighted with his goal scoring form for England.

Young is set to start Monday's Group D opener against France in Wayne Rooney's usual position just off the central striker, with his Manchester United team-mate serving a two-match ban.

Rooney has long been regarded as England's talisman but Young is fast assuming a similar mantle having scored five goals in his last seven internationals and having a hand in more than half of England's last 20 goals.

"I am feeling confident on the back of a few goals and assists," Young said.

"There has been a lot talked about what I have to do in that role just off the striker.

"A lot of emphasis has been put on me. I thrive on the pressure. I enjoy it.

"It is an opportunity to run at defenders. That is what I am there to do. There is no better feeling when I do that."