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Manchester United star dropped from England squad

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been omitted from Roy Hodgson's England squad to face Montenegro and Poland.

The former Aston Villa star has received heavy criticism this season - due to his dive against Crystal Palace in mid-September and his appalling performance against Manchester City.

The 28-year-old was hauled off after 51 minutes against the Red Devils' arch-rivals and the England international was subsequently left out of United's 18-man squad to play Liverpool and West Brom.

Young was included in Manchester United's squad to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League but was an unused substitute.

Hodgson's decision will be another blow for Young, who has failed to replicate his Aston Villa form at the Premier League champions since his £17million move to Old Trafford.

Young will have to work his way back into Manchester United's first team if he is to have any chance of making England's 23-man World Cup squad - should they make it to Brazil.

Hodgson said on his decision to leave Young out his recent squad: “I don’t like to use the word dropped because there’s a certain number of places.

“I wasn’t certain there was a place in the team for him this time. He isn’t playing for Manchester United at the moment. Who knows, we might be calling him again. It means he just fell out of the 23.”

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