Ashley Young: Fabio Capello has kept his promise of changing England team after World Cup

The Aston Villa winger, who has starred in the Three Lions’ past three matches against Denmark, Wales and Ghana, believes every player selected puts in 100 per cent
Ashley Young has praised Fabio Capello for keeping his word after refreshing the England squad following a disappointing World Cup in South Africa.

The Aston Villa winger is one of a number of players to have been given a run in the team by the Italian, and Young is pleased to see new faces amongst the Three Lions setup.

"Things have changed,” Young told Skysports. “The manager said he was going to bring change to the squad and I think he has done that.

"There has been change in the England team. Look at the players who went to the World Cup and the players who are in the squad and the team now not just against Ghana but also against Wales.

"A few new boys [Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Gary Cahill] had a run out and it was nice to see that," he added.

The former Watford man opened his goalscoring account for the national side during the 2-1 friendly victory of Denmark in February, and has since started in both the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, and Tuesday night’s clash with Ghana at Wembley, and he admits that he is happy with his recent progress.

"You want to be part of things and I was happy with my performance,” Young continued.
"Every time any players are out there, it's a proud moment and they are going to put in 100 per cent for their country.”

Reflecting on the draw with Ghana, Young admitted his disappointment that England were unable to hold on for the victory – having conceded a stoppage time equaliser from Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan – but believes that the match was a ‘good test’ for the squad.

"It is always disappointing to concede a goal but so late on is really disappointing,” bemoaned Young.

"It was a good test for us but we've got to dust ourselves off and concentrate on the next game."

And while the Aston Villa star was disappointed not to double his tally for the national side, he insists that he happy enough to be back in Capello’s thoughts, and has not taken his place for granted. 

"Who knows whether I've cemented a place. That is down to the manager,” Young added.

"He decides the team. When I put on the shirt, I've got to put on a good performance.

On his missed opportunities he added: "The shot that came off the bar should have gone in but it is just one of those things. It just popped up.

"I had another chance and the keeper saved it. I was just happy to be in the side again and to get another cap.

"I think I did that against Wales and I felt I did that again against Ghana. Next time we meet up, we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

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