Ashley Young could be as good as Wayne Rooney as England's deep-lying striker, according to Stewart Downing.

Young looks set to start the European Championship playing off Danny Welbeck, with Rooney suspended for his country's first two games. Rooney has long been considered England's talisman but Young has threatened to wrest that mantle from his Manchester United team-mate in the last 18 months with six goals in his last 10 internationals.

Liverpool winger Downing, who played with Young at Aston Villa, said: "He's tricky and finds himself in good areas and can nick a goal. He can find a pass, score a goal and maybe now we have another player to play in that role as well as Rooney."

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