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Ashley Young in Under-21 Squad

Ashley Young in Under-21 Squad

Ashley Young has finally gained the recognition his performances last season have merited and has been called-up to the England Under-21 squad for the first time.

The Stevenage-born attacker - who was voted into the PFA Championship team of the year last season - has been selected by Peter Taylor for the 24-man squad to face Switzerland in a European Championship qualifier on Wednesday 6 September.

The versatile 21-year-old`s remarkable 2005/06 season saw him score 15 goals, the most memorable being a 20-yard curling free-kick to send Watford 2-0 up against Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-final.

Young has improved leaps and bounds under the management of Adrian Boothroyd and 2006 marks a meteoric rise up the football ladder for the former Academy player; making his Premiership debut and being included in the England Under-21 squad despite playing fewer than 20 first-team matches until this time last year.

Under-21 squad in full:


Ben Alnwick
Lee Camp
Scott Carson
Leighton Baines
Curtis Davies
Anton Ferdinand
Justin Hoyte
Micah Richards
Nedum Onuoha
Andrew Taylor
Steven Taylor


Darren Ambrose
David Bentley
Tom Huddlestone
James Milner
Nigel Reo-Coker
Wayne Routledge
Tom Soares
John Welsh
Peter Whittingham


Cameron Jerome
David Nugent
Theo Walcott
Ashley Young

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Date:Friday August 25 2006
Time: 2:24PM


Well done Ash - you deserve it
25/08/2006 14:31:00
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