Ashley Young believes World Cup snub made him a better player

The Manchester United man admits he was disheartened by Fabio Capello's rejection, though says he grew as a player from the experience, while praising new boss Roy Hodgson

England winger Ashley Young has described his World Cup snub from former Three Lions coach Fabio Capello as "disappointing", yet says the experience has helped him grow as a player.

Young narrowly missed the cut for England’s campaign in South Africa two years ago, with Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aaron Lennon and Joe Cole making the grade ahead of the former Aston Villa man.

Young is likely to play a key role in Ukraine and Poland and the Manchester United man believes Capello’s snub in 2010 has helped him develop as a player.

“The World Cup was a disappointment,” Young told The Daily Mirror.

“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.

“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.”

Preparations are ongoing in the England camp as they prepare to face Belgium at Wembley this Saturday, before jetting off to the European Championships an despite having only had a handful of training sessions with new manager Hodgson, Young says things are going well under the new man.

He continued: “We’ve only had a few days together with the new manager so I’m sure this week will give us more things to work on. It’s been good so far.”

Saturday’s win over Norway in Oslo handed Hodgson his first win as England boss.

A dogged display from the Three Lions saw them clinch a 1-0 win in their penultimate warm-up game for Euro 2012, and Young believes there were a lot of positives to take from the game while revealing his delight at scoring the winner.

 “When we got the ball in Norway, we tried to get forward and there were some good combinations with what we did,” he added.

“There were definitely more positives than negatives to come out of it.

“One of the main things the manager talked about is keeping discipline and shape. I think if you looked at the game from the beginning to the start it was exactly what we did.

“It was a good test we had in Norway. I think the players did well and getting the winner was an added bonus for me.”