With the England squad being announced on Tuesday afternoon, I began to ask myself why exactly Ashley Young has been included, especially given just how important these upcoming World Cup Qualifiers vs. Moldova and Ukraine are.
Young missed Manchester United‘s preseason tour with injury, has been out of action for around three months now, yet Roy Hodgson has selected him in his 27 man squad after a very average, if that, performance as a sub vs. Chelsea on Monday night.
Young came on as a sub towards the end of the second half, but there is no way he did enough to warrant a place in the England squad. His match fitness is surely not to the level required for such important England fixtures, but also it means he has replaced someone else who could offer England a similar option, such as Wilfried Zaha.
It makes little sense to me what so ever and I am surprised the English media have made such a little deal over this. Hodgson has favored Young as a player in his side in the past but at those times he had been playing week in week out for his club. But how on earth has he managed to get a call up this time?
It is not like Young is a world-class talent who England seriously requires to help win the games. It seems to me that Young has been picked purely because he’s a Manchester United player who is available. It seems to lack logic for me and although I rate Young as one of England’s better wingers. I seriously don’t understand how he has got in this squad with such little game time under his belt.
Perhaps the reason is that by the time England actually plays these games, he will have featured more for his club. But that is therefore theoretical and does still not warrant his call up. It is harsh on others and I’d like an explanation from Hodgson, because it needs one.