Ashley Young aiming for a strong start to the World Cup with England

by Alex Turk

Ashley Young has urged supporters that England understand the importance of a strong start at the 2018 World Cup this summer.

The left-back was included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad after a good season at Manchester United, meaning he’s set to feature for England at a major tournament for the first time since the 2012 European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

England haven’t kicked off a major tournament with a win since all the way back in 2006 when a third-minute Paraguay own-goal sealed a 1-0 win to make a positive start to the World Cup in Germany.

Young insists himself and the rest of the travelling roster know how important a good start to the World Cup is though and are ready to achieve exactly that in the opening game against Tunisia on Monday night.

“It is always important to make a good start in a tournament. We want to get off to winning ways,” he explained. “We know each game is going to be tough but we’re fully prepared for that first game.

“You can talk about what has happened historically. We are here, looking to do well in training and win our first match.”

After Tunisia, England face Panama in Group G before a potentially-deciding game in terms of group winners against Belgium.

Young’s role is currently unknown but he’ll be hoping to prove to Jose Mourinho that he can still be first-choice at the left side of defence next season.

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