Ashley Young has returned to the England squad after four years without a call-up.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Manchester United player had retired from international duty after being snubbed in recent years.
But the 32-year-old is enjoying a very good season as a wing-left for Jose Mourinho’s side and will be dreaming of a call-up for the World Cup squad in the summer.
Of course, Young has benefitted from a number of England regulars withdrawing from the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the two matches, allowing space for Young.
But just a couple of weeks ago, Young was clashing with one of those players that has withdrawn.
During United’s 1-0 victory over Spurs, Young and Alli were involved in a row during the first-half. Alli told Young to “retire with a zimmer frame” while he replied with “Come back when he had won the Premier League.”
Young then posted on Instagram stating that “talk is cheap.”
So you’d think that Young is probably a little bit glad that he doesn’t have to come face-to-face with Alli in the England squad.
Young on Alli withdrawing
However, during an interview with the Guardian, Young has admitted that he was disappointing the see the Spurs midfielder drop out of the matches.
“It would be nice to see him,” Young said.
“Things happen on football pitches. Once the game is finished, you don’t need to talk afterwards. That’s just how it is. He’s a confident player and that gives him that edge.”
But what about his little jibe telling him to “Come back when he had won the Premier League?"
“He hasn’t, yet,” Young added.
So it seems there is no issue between Young and Alli after their trade of insults at Old Trafford.
Just as well considering they could both be included in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad in the summer.