Ashley Young keen to retain England place

Ashley Young wants to be part of Fabio Capello's new-look England after making another favourable impression during last night's friendly international with Ghana at Wembley.

The Aston Villa player had been on the periphery of the team until he impressed when he scored his first goal for his country as a substitute against Denmark last month.

Young was in the starting 11 for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales and then the Ghana clash and finally looks at home in an England jersey.

After playing a major part in setting up the two goals in Cardiff, he was again the creator for Andy Carroll's goal in the 1-1 draw with Ghana and also hit the bar from close range.

It was another indication of why Young is expected to be a hot property this summer and he has already been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool.

Young said: "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.

"Things have changed. The manager said he was going to bring change to the squad and I think he has done that.

"A few new boys (Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Gary Cahill) had a run out and it was nice to see that."

Young added: "You want to be part of things and I was happy with my performance.

"Every time any players are out there, it's a proud moment and they are going to put in 100% for their country.

"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.

"It is always disappointing to concede a goal but so late on is really disappointing.

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

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

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

"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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