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Wing ace Young hoping to maintain England momentum
Ashley Young on Three Lions experience.
31st May 2011
Wing ace Young hoping to maintain England momentum


By Paul Brown

Ashley Young admits he's starting to feel more at home in the England set-up as he gears up for the vital Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.

Young has figured in the last eight Three Lions clashes after establishing himself in the team in the aftermath of England's failed World Cup campaign.

He bagged his first senior goal in a 2-1 win in Denmark in February and followed that up with a man-of-the-match award the following month in the 2-0 win over Wales.

In that Millennium Stadium match, he won the penalty for the first goal and set up team-mate Darren Bent for the second.

He says his regular involvement in the latest octet of matches - against Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Montenegro, France, Denmark, Wales and Ghana - has led to increased self confidence in the camp.

And with Wayne Rooney missing through suspension this time around, the wing wonder insists he's set his sight on starting another match at Wembley this weekend [ko 4.45pm].

He said: "I've started to feel like more of a regular over the last few games that I've started no doubt about that.

"I just want to continue to work hard and build on what I've done and hopefully I can finish up starting the game against Switzerland.

"Wayne is out and obviously he's a great loss but we have lots of players who can come in and play in that position.

"I'm sure all of the boys are raring to go, whoever gets that position.

"It will be a good week for someone to prove their place in the squad."

Young says there will be no fatigue factor for England as they gear up for their Euro 2012 clash against Switzerland.

Young insists it's full steam ahead for the Three Lions as they prepare for the final game of the season - and a vital one at that in the qualifying campaign.

Despite the top-flight campaign having finished over a week ago, Young says there are no signs of slowing down within the group.

He continued: "We met up yesterday and we just want to get on with the job in hand now.

"It's going to be a tough game come Saturday, but everyone in the squad is raring to go.

"We want to go out there and put on a good display. The boys are feeling really positive after the last few games we've played so we just want to give a good performance and get the three points that we need.

"We've got a week to prepare for the game and we'll be training hard this week to make sure we're ready for it."

England beat Saturday's opponents Switzerland 3-1 in the second match of the qualifying campaign, with Darren Bent, Wayne Rooney and Adam Johnson bagging the goals in Basle.

However, Young knows that this latest game - their fifth in the group - will be very different and needs to be treated with respect.

He added: "We managed to do it in a tough game when we played them away, but we know it's not going to be easy again.

"We need to concentrate this week to make sure that we're up for the challenge and up for the game."

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