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Not Too Young For England

Gareth Barry has explained that England coach Fabio Capello has written to Ashley Young and assured him he is keeping an eye on his progress.

Young was again left out of the England squad despite being named Premier League Player of the Month but it seems like we will see Ash in the England squad again sooner rather than later.

Speaking to the Express and Star Barry explained:

'Time is definitely on Youngy's side and the manager has told him that too.

'He knows he is playing well with a lot of confidence and he knows he is not too far off.

'He got a letter beforehand saying he is close to being in the squad. He knows he is not far away and just needs to keep doing what he is doing. His time will come.

'Every club gets a fax come through. It's good for him to know. If players like that are getting left out of the squad then the players currently in it know they really need to perform.'

It must be most, if not all, players dream to represent their country but quite frankly I couldn't care less.

The longer Young stays at Bodymoor Heath as opposed to spending time with our serially underperforming national squad the better in mind.

Yes he would benefit from a different type of football and come up against different types and quality of player, but simply enough, he will get that experience with our European outings anyway.

So the failure of Capello to select him so far is not to his detriment in terms of his development.

At the end of the day I only care that Young is available for us and then what he does for us.

You see too many players suffer because of international commitments, let alone injuries, so if we can have a Villa free England and U-21 side at least until next season when we get more quality and depth in, then I'll be happy.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday October 13 2008
Time: 4:51PM


I disagree, though I do see where you are coming from. Look at the GB saga; he decided that he wants to play CL football and needs to move to achieve that. What, then happens when Ash yearns for international foootball? Answer: he wants out. We must be careful of what we wish for.
13/10/2008 17:13:00
Agree with Andy, I've already read articles in the broad sheets suggesting Ash should move to achieve international caps, can't see why when people like Downing are getting selected but only Fabio can answer that. Suppose on the other side of the coin, at least Stevie G can't chat him up...
13/10/2008 17:31:00
I was under the impression he was playing for the u21s becuase he is so important to them - and it is important for as many players to get as much tournament experiance as possible... He is certainly good enough for england - in fact in my mind, the question is "who is better, young or cole"... at the moment, I'm thinking ashley
13/10/2008 18:05:00
Too old for the U21's. Not so sure that he deserved the award for last month. He has had much better months and won FA. Joe Cole has experience on his side but he is definitely the next in line after him. Fabio has played Rooney and Gerrard out there and its the same story of trying to fit all the famous players into a squad of 11. £100 says that Beckham comes on for the last 20/15 mins on Wednesday regardless of whether its 1-0 or 5-0 or 0-0. Capello started off well but the players earn more than him and his initial starting off making out that he's the boss and noone is bigger etc. was a joke. He is a puppet for the FA.
13/10/2008 18:49:00
Quote... "It must be most, if not all, players dream to represent their country but quite frankly I couldn't care less. The longer Young stays at Bodymoor Heath as opposed to spending time with our serially underperforming national squad the better in mind." Gareth Barry said this????
13/10/2008 22:43:00
No he didn't say that. Please look again at the article and you'll see where the quotation ends.
13/10/2008 22:54:00
This is good it means Ash will keep working hard to acheive his goals, he will be in that squad before he knows it.
14/10/2008 09:16:00
Ig Ashley is not included in the squad to face Germany, when Capello has said he will look at one or two fringe players, then something is very wrong.
05/11/2008 15:21:00
We have to get this contract situation with Ash sorted. He's fully deserving of a new extended deal on lucrative terms, whats the hold-up?
05/11/2008 15:23:00
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