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What Does Ashley Young Have To Do?

What does Ash have to do!?

Is anyone else completely baffled by Fabio Capello!? What does Ashley Young have to do to get a start or even just some game time for England?

In recent games Capello has refused to give the lad a chance, even though he has consistently played brilliantly for the Villa. Young was named in last years PFA team of the season, if this isn't evidence of
consistence then I don't have a clue what is!!

Capello's approach of picking in form players is commendable, and I suppose we can't really complain when we are the team most represented in his English squad. However when a lad who has maintained such a level of excellence and has been awarded 3 player of the months (one as recently as January) and a place amongst the likes of Fernando Torres in the team of the season, and yet cannot get much, if any game time ahead of the likes of Downing surely we have to ask the question;


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Writer: AstonVillaFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 12 2009

Time: 1:49PM

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Has Ashley slept with Capello's wife? Or has she been online alot lately?
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12/02/2009 13:57:00

Change his name to Stewart Downing?
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12/02/2009 13:58:00

completely agree,how young is not getting a look in is unbelievable when the likes carlton cole can play 5 good matches and get more time in an england shirt is bemusing to say the least. young has consistently been one of the best players in prem over the last 2 years and finds himself even with that statistic behind the likes of downing and swp is utterly amazing. i dont understand whatsoever and im sure the likes of martin is scratching his head in amazement over it as well. UTV
Belfast Villain
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12/02/2009 13:59:00

Yup, it's a joke. Carlton Cole is a horror show...and Downing, well...hey ho, sod it, he's fit for us!
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12/02/2009 14:04:00

Carlton and Downing are the best players at their respective clubs but nowhere England quality, and Downing takes freekicks now???? I am boycotting England matches again. Last time was when they consistently played P. Neville but its a circus now with Beckham playing in whichever position he has reinvented himself in. No wonder we never win anything. Papers and the FA are still doing the managers job.
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12/02/2009 14:24:00

Young could try not diving every time he approaches the penalty area, just an idea.......
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12/02/2009 14:38:00

capello has done pretty well results wise but selecting downing ahead of young is making him a bit of a laughing stock im afraid. with ashley in the side do you really think we would have seen sergio ramos surging forward so often? and how bout the fact he is the best crosser of the ball in the premiership. heskey could have done with a few decent crosses last night. jeez!
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12/02/2009 14:55:00

I agree Downing doesn't deserve his place, but I also agree with your thoughts YJ. I would be chuffed if that was the reason and hopefully Capello can tell him about it because it hurts me to see Villa players acting like that, if we score from it its worse.
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12/02/2009 15:38:00

I'm happy he didn't play, it was only a bloody friendly and we now have a 100% fit Ashley Young, if he had got injuried and was ruled out the rest of the season you would of all been like i wish he wasn't picked, i think Young will be a bit dispointed but im sure MON will be over the moon.
Villa 4 Ever
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12/02/2009 15:39:00

Not the most likely things though, I'd rather he played to be honest. International football is for the big boys and thats what we want Ash to be.
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12/02/2009 16:21:00

It was a friendly, a chance to see players in match conditions, a chance to view the good and the bad, Ash could be an automatic in, and Fabio was just checking out Downing to see if he was good enough for the bench, knee jerks anyone?
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12/02/2009 16:36:00

Nice thought Stef, could be true. Ash is possibly the most exciting England player at the moment, along with SWP and Joe Cole. Those three players are very silky players, but you need steel in the team. Capello knows that and will not play all three of them. His preferences will probably be SWP and Joe before Ash. Our lad will get his chances and plenty of them. As far as Downing is concerned; I don't believe he is either steel or silk, I leave you to decide what he is.
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12/02/2009 17:09:00

I think it would be crazy not to play Milner Young Barry Heskey and Rooney all together in the england squad. Maybe Gabby ahead of Rooney! They already know what to look for!
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12/02/2009 17:11:00

To be honest, in response to your comment Villa4Ever, he is a young lad, who is extremely fit. Plus he has jus finished his suspension, so he is rested. Playing for England would give him a massive confidence boost, which he would bring back to Villa. Whats more it will do him good playing along side the other Villa boys. I know its a Cricket analogy but nothing beats time in the middle!
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12/02/2009 17:17:00

MON probley phoned Fabio Capello and told him to rest Ashley, =]
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12/02/2009 17:19:00

And on a purely selfish note, it makes me EVEN prouder of my club that we can provide so many players for our national side, and maybe i am wearing the Claret and Blue spectacles (and im sure you'll agree im not) but i feel that we as a club, and the lad himself fully deserve that place in the England side!
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12/02/2009 17:20:00

We used to have the record for providing more players to the England team than any other club. Does anyone know if we still hold this record?
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12/02/2009 19:27:00

I'm with MON on this one. Nice to have them picked, but rather they didnt play and get injured OR happen with them what happened with Barry - a few good displays for England and the big boys come sniffing to turn heads. Remember, Barry was playing brilliantly for us for seasons and no-one paid any attention to him, it was only after proving himself for England that the scousers came in.
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12/02/2009 20:23:00

Statistically the chances of getting injured aren't great, particularly in a friendly. Also if you consider that the Spanish team aren't exactly known for their physicality, then I think not only would Young have more than likely not have been injured, I think he could of put in a confidence raising (for him and us! :D) display!
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12/02/2009 20:36:00

And when you say playing well for England would bring attention from the so called big club...Young isn't exactly a well kept secret! the performances he's put in regularly have already done that, and rightly so, we just have to trust that he is motivated by success and not cash!
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12/02/2009 20:37:00

I see your point, but as I said, Barry was playing fantastically for us for seasons and was no secret, but no one came in for him until he played for england. He will get his chance, as will Milner, but TBH I care a lot more about AVFC than england so, with all the games we have i'd rather he had a rest.
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12/02/2009 20:59:00

Young doesn't get in because of the progressive way he plays football. He either creates a chance or loses the ball, he doesn't play the possession football favoured by Capello.
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12/02/2009 21:13:00

^^^ I've said that a few times b4 too
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12/02/2009 21:19:00

That game was begging for him last night.
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12/02/2009 23:25:00

How many times has Young won fekin player of the month!!! And Downing? Grrr.... (Still at least he's not gon get injured for England)
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13/02/2009 00:42:00

maybe the plan is surprise the oppsition at the world cup by introducing him then. A bit like Shane Warns intro to the ashes in 89!
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13/02/2009 06:08:00

Ash has to keep on doing what he is doing week in week out. Personally I aint bothered he never got injured and will be fit ready face Everton. He would have enjoyed a couple of days out of the freezing weather.
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13/02/2009 10:25:00 cricket references...oh god i am losing the will to live...
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13/02/2009 11:36:00

I don't think i can ever watch England again with cappello in charge! How the best winger in the country doesn't command a starting place ahead of that useless **** downing is beyond me!! a *****ing joke
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13/02/2009 11:55:00

Ok sorry for the cricket reference, but i am a firm believer that there is a huge difference between been fit and match fit. Young can only benefit from playing games in my opinion. And in response to the people who say that he isn't a Capello type player as he doesn't retain the ball. All managers want/need players that can win football matches with moments of brilliance. Without a doubt, Ash is one of them!
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13/02/2009 13:44:00

Add that to the fact that he works his socks off for the team and he should walk into about any team!
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13/02/2009 13:44:00

Does Downing retain the ball? Does SWP retain the ball? There was no width in the England team, they either passed the ball sideways or backwards. Frustrating for Heskey & Gabs. Who o why does downing keep getting picked.........arrrgghh!!!
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13/02/2009 14:09:00

He deserves a start IMO. Maybe he'll start for the important games?
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14/02/2009 13:36:00

The couple of times Ash has come on for England he's had a tiny bt of a nightmare and has looked scared of playing his own game. We don't see what goes on in training and maybe our Ash is a little bit overawed by being n the national side at this time. Capello keeps putting him in the squad though, so he can't be ignoring him - perhaps he's treating Ash with kid-gloves. Remember what happened to Carson after he got pushed into the England team before he was ready? Capello has proved before that he knows what he's doing, so I trust the man.
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14/02/2009 14:21:00


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