Man Utd winger Young delighted with growing England influence

Manchester United winger Ashley Young is enjoying his influential role with England. Young scored one and created the other in their 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young is enjoying his influential role with England.

Young scored one and created the other in their 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

He told the FA.com: “Was I tempted? Of course, I was through on goal. But I heard Darren (Bent) 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 Theo 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.”

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