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Young stars in super second half showing against Swiss
Ashley Young earns man-of-the-match award for England.
4th Jun 2011
Young stars in super second half showing against Swiss


By Paul Brown

Ashley Young won man of the match for his performance against Switzerland at Wembley - despite only playing 45 minutes.

Young's contribution to the Euro 2012 qualifier was vast as he emerged as a second half substitute for Frank Lampard.

Villa's wing wonder transferred his club form on to the international stage as he set off at 100 miles per hour in the sunshine of the capital.

It took him only six minutes to bag a goal - and what an important one it was.

Switzerland remarkably led 2-0 late in the first half courtesy of two Tranquillo Barnetta free-kicks, with England guilty of bad defending on both.

But they got back into the game a Lampard penalty after Johan Djourou brought down Jack Wilshere.

And Young bagged the important leveller, volleying home brilliantly to gain a point for an out-of-sorts Three Lions.

England had two chances to win the match and, incredibly, both fell to Villa players.

First Darren Bent blasted high and handsome when well-placed, after a stinging shot from Young came back to him.

And, right at the death, Stewart Downing - another second half substitute - slipped an effort into the sidenetting from an acute angle.

Young was a surprise absentee from the starting line-up, as former Villa hero James Milner was preferred to the in-form winger.

But he showed boss Fabio Capello his class with a real wholehearted performance as England came roaring back against the Swiss.

Villa's wide man admits his team-mates were disappointed not to win the qualifier but are trying to look on the positive side.

The result leaves England top of their group but knowing Montenegro can overtake them if they beat Bulgaria later tonight.

Young said: "We created chances in the second half and on another day they would have gone in. But it wasn't to be.

"I'm not too sure what's happened in the first half but we had to come out in the second half and put on a better show. We showed team spirit and fight to get back in the game.

"I thought I did really well when I came on, I got the goal. But everyone in the dressing room was disappointed not to win. It would have been a better feeling for me if we could have got three points.

"But of course we can still qualify. We have a great team and great squad. We have another three games to come and we'll go for the nine points."

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