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Dunne: Young Will Make World Cup Squad

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Ashley Young's England career seemed to be coming along very nicely, although recently he has slipped away from Fabio Capello's plans with his Villa teammate James Milner seemingly now ahead of him?

Another of his Villa teammates Richard Dunne, who could still make South Africa with Ireland, has told sky sports that he feels Young will get back in and stay there - as will Gabriel Agbonlahor: 'I can see Ashley getting back in the England squad. By the time the World Cup comes around in June, he will be in the squad, himself and Gabby.

'It is a big squad, the England squad, and it is a tough one to get into to but those two have definitely got the ability to get in it.'

Dunne is settling well into life at Villa Park, but having only signed for Villa on the final day of the summer transfer window he knows all to well from playing against Young how much of a handful he can be and that is why he feels he will force his way back in.

He also believes that Young needs to draw from the fact that Agbonlahor has forced his way back in having previously been left out of squad.

Full article: England - Dunne: Young will make it.

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O'Neill: You Can Count On Mr Versatile

From Vital England:

James Milner appears to be someone that Fabio Capello seems pretty keen on having named him in the past, what 4 or 5 squads I think it is?

Capello has been using Milner mostly on the left, despite being primarily a right sided player, and when he came on against Belarus last week he even played at left back!

It is his versatility to play in a variety of positions that his Villa manager Martin O'Neill feels, as he told sky sports, will see him go to the world cup: 'the England manager has proved himself to be a winning manager for many years and decided to play James at left-back for the last 15 minutes against Belarus.

'I am not so sure that is something he would see as a regular occurrence. But James has played right-back for us so I think, between us and England, he just has the goalkeeping position to go to complete the entire set.

'Will that versatility get Milner into World Cup squad? I don't think it would do any player any harm.'

He can quite literally, and has, played all across the midfield for Villa and as a right back as O'Neill says. We have seen him play on the left and at left back for England and with Leeds he had played up front, so clearly this is a feather in his cap.

I do think that Milner has a fine chance of making the final 23, I would have liked him to had started that game against Belarus though and was surprised when he did not but it his 10 minute or so cameo he did himself no harm, and from his left back position!

Full article: England - count on Mr versatile.




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Date:Tuesday October 20 2009

Time: 9:40AM

Your Comments

As a NI fan who has given up wanting Villa players to represent England (oh how I wanted Barry to get called up...and when he does.....ah well), I would take Milner, Gabby, Young and possibly Warnock. Luke Young, Downing, Sidwell, Heskey to miss out. No real surprise there but I would START Milner. In that midfield 4 its Barry, Lampard, Gerrard and someone to play right - Lennon, SWP and Walcott tried. But Milner should make it his own by the time the tournament comes round!
deano.avfc
As a NI fan who has given up wanting Villa players to represent England (oh how I wanted Barry to get called up...and when he does.....ah well), I would take Milner, Gabby, Young and possibly Warnock. Luke Young, Downing, Sidwell, Heskey to miss out. No real surprise there but I would START Milner. In that midfield 4 its Barry, Lampard, Gerrard and someone to play right - Lennon, SWP and Walcott tried. But Milner should make it his own by the time the tournament comes round!
deano.avfc
I too follow NI, McLaren really put me off England, what a silly appointment that was. Anyway back to the article, Milner will definately be there, as for Ashley, he needs to start putting the performances in for Villa, done very little this season for his club so doesn't deserve to represent his country, IMO.
young_jonah
I too follow NI, McLaren really put me off England, what a silly appointment that was. Anyway back to the article, Milner will definately be there, as for Ashley, he needs to start putting the performances in for Villa, done very little this season for his club so doesn't deserve to represent his country, IMO.
young_jonah
Milner I think will go, Ashley Young has a lot to do this season to show he deserves a place which is great news for Villa I'd think? Downing if he can get fit has a chance I totally agree as he gives options. Warnock? Playing great for us and Capello likes Villa, so who knows? Gabby also gives the option of speed so why not, maybe if he gets a bit of luck with an injury to a.n.other potential, if Defoe for instance isn't fit then surely Gabby would be a shoe in?
The Fear
Milner I think will go, Ashley Young has a lot to do this season to show he deserves a place which is great news for Villa I'd think? Downing if he can get fit has a chance I totally agree as he gives options. Warnock? Playing great for us and Capello likes Villa, so who knows? Gabby also gives the option of speed so why not, maybe if he gets a bit of luck with an injury to a.n.other potential, if Defoe for instance isn't fit then surely Gabby would be a shoe in?
The Fear
I think Gabby will be hit and miss, you look at the stikers to chose from (Rooney, Defoe, Crouch, C Cole, Owen, Heskey, Aggy, Bent etc..). I think only three of them, (fitness permitting) will be certs (Rooney, Defoe & Crouch) the others have got this season to prove they should be there. Fingers crossed Aggy will be there though. I think Milner is much like the old Phil Neville for England, a utility player. I would take him, but would need more from him at club level (prior to the Chelsea game, I think he's been a little off form). Young has a difficult position to fight for, our English wide players are brilliant on their day (SWP, Lennon, Walcot, Becks, Joe Cole and even Stevie G/Rooney on that left side works well), so he needs to be consistant with his performances. I think Capello is a Villa Fan (haha) so maybe these few other English players will get a chance to shine, with him sitting in the Holte End and all?? :O)
Trevis1874
I think Gabby will be hit and miss, you look at the stikers to chose from (Rooney, Defoe, Crouch, C Cole, Owen, Heskey, Aggy, Bent etc..). I think only three of them, (fitness permitting) will be certs (Rooney, Defoe & Crouch) the others have got this season to prove they should be there. Fingers crossed Aggy will be there though. I think Milner is much like the old Phil Neville for England, a utility player. I would take him, but would need more from him at club level (prior to the Chelsea game, I think he's been a little off form). Young has a difficult position to fight for, our English wide players are brilliant on their day (SWP, Lennon, Walcot, Becks, Joe Cole and even Stevie G/Rooney on that left side works well), so he needs to be consistant with his performances. I think Capello is a Villa Fan (haha) so maybe these few other English players will get a chance to shine, with him sitting in the Holte End and all?? :O)
Trevis1874
I understand that Young has A LOT to do but Capello needs a wide left man. SWP, Lennon, Becks are not the option there. Milner could be but I think by that time he will have made the right hand side his own therefore we are left with Young, Downing and J.Cole. My feelings are that with Malouda and Young playing left side for clubs and Downing and Cole used infield, as an out and out left-winger, Young may be the only option!!! With Warnock expected to have an immense season supporting Young Capello may like the partnership. Gabby will not start but he honestly frightens defenders. If he can only keep an eye on the offsides and improve the decision making he is a shoe-in!!
deano.avfc
I understand that Young has A LOT to do but Capello needs a wide left man. SWP, Lennon, Becks are not the option there. Milner could be but I think by that time he will have made the right hand side his own therefore we are left with Young, Downing and J.Cole. My feelings are that with Malouda and Young playing left side for clubs and Downing and Cole used infield, as an out and out left-winger, Young may be the only option!!! With Warnock expected to have an immense season supporting Young Capello may like the partnership. Gabby will not start but he honestly frightens defenders. If he can only keep an eye on the offsides and improve the decision making he is a shoe-in!!
deano.avfc
Oh and Gabby is the only striker England have who is as good as (if not better) up front on his own. Capello loves his plan Bs!!
deano.avfc
Oh and Gabby is the only striker England have who is as good as (if not better) up front on his own. Capello loves his plan Bs!!
deano.avfc
I personally think Milner and possibly Gabby will go, Young for me just doesnt do it against the big sides, he's pretty much a one trick pony with a trick anymore as people have learnt how he plays. he needs to start playing and working as hard as Milner does to get into the squad. Gabby this year is reaping his rewards for working his arse off both on and off the pitch like Milner does. Young pay attention
VillaSlice
I personally think Milner and possibly Gabby will go, Young for me just doesnt do it against the big sides, he's pretty much a one trick pony with a trick anymore as people have learnt how he plays. he needs to start playing and working as hard as Milner does to get into the squad. Gabby this year is reaping his rewards for working his arse off both on and off the pitch like Milner does. Young pay attention
VillaSlice
 

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