Ashley Young is very much delighted to being recalled to the England squad and says that he never gave up on his international career as he prepares for his first appearance again after four years.
The Manchester United winger has not played for his country since a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in 2013.
However, Young’s career resurgence after playing as a full-back and wing-back earned him a call from Gareth Southgate and will play friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley.
The 32-year-old has his eyes set on a World Cup spot next year.
“I’ve showed I deserve to be in the squad,” Young told reporters ahead of Friday’s match with Germany.
“But it’s not just that, it’s being in the team. I want to play every game. The World Cup is a long way away, but every England player wants to be in the World Cup.
“I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself. When you have the chance to represent your country it’s an honour to pull on an England shirt.
“That’s why I will never retire until my legs tell me I can’t run any more. I’m delighted to be back.”
“As a footballer nowadays you’ve got to play in different formations and systems, and it’s just whether you can adapt.
“I’ve been able to do that. The manager [Southgate] is talking about trying a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role.
“It’s more having the right footballing brain. I’m one of those players who can read the game well. It’s been quite easy to adjust to the position, and with the help of [Jose Mourinho] and the other players I’ve done that really well.