Young to replace Gerrard for England

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Ashley Young will start England's friendly with Holland in Amsterdam tomorrow.

With Steven Gerrard not making the flight after suffering a slight groin injury in training yesterday, coach Fabio Capello has decided Young should fill the left-sided midfield berth.

The Aston Villa man's pace could present a major problem to a Dutch side that has already qualified for next summer's World Cup.

It will be Young's sixth cap, but only his second under Capello.

The first, against Germany in Berlin last season, was not a great success even though England won the game.

However, Young did better in the World Cup encounter with Andorra at Wembley in June and Capello is happy to place his faith in the 24-year-old.

"It will be a good test for him," said Capello.

"He has only played twice for me but the last time he did very well.

"It will be a good test for him."