Manchester United winger Ashley Young is confident he will make the most of his England chance after being snubbed for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Young has had a successful first season at Old Trafford, only missing out on a Premier League winners medal by virtue of Manchester City’s superior goal difference.
He was then given an important role in Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge as England manager against Norway, playing in the hole behind central striker Andy Carroll.
It was successful audition for the new national team boss, as Young scored the only goal of the game, getting the new regime off to a good start – he also feels his contribution to the Three Lions cause has been growing.
“I’ve been chipping away with a few goals, assists and starting regularly which is something I’ve set out to do,” he said in The Mirror.
It was Young’s 20th England cap and he is hoping to build on that at Euro 2012 and feels the team can profit from his good form if he continues to be involved.
“Hopefully, fingers crossed, if I keep playing the way I have been then we can have success at this tournament,” he added.
Hogdson clearly favours having Young in his side – a situation that is a far cry from the disappointment of being left out of Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, but he is happy to have put the experience behind him.
“The World Cup was a disappointment. If you ask any player, if they are left out of not just a World Cup squad but any squad then it is so disappointing,” he admitted.
“But I don’t look back too much because I’m confident in my own ability to cement myself into the team which I did after that. It has paid off.”