Young aims to keep England spot
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young says Gary Neville faces a fight to reclaim his England place.
Luke Young has warned Gary Neville that he faces a fight to reclaim his starting place in the England side.
Young will win his sixth cap against Poland on Wednesday after being handed the right back role following Neville's groin injury. And the Charlton man has seized the challenge with relish, impressing against both Northern Ireland and Wales.
He further pressed his claims to become Sven Goran Eriksson's first choice with another solid display against Austria and says that he is now ready to make the number two shirt his own.
"Gary Neville is a great player and he is England's number two - but if I'm in the squad I want to do the best I can and put some pressure on him," said the former Spurs man.
"I'm really enjoying it at the moment. I've got my chance to play on the summer tour and in some of the qualifiers.
"It seems amazing because I've only been involved for a short space of time; it's a bit daunting. I hope to get in the next squad and take it from there.
"Your club form gets you into the squad so every time you go out there I want to catch the eye of the manager and do my best."
Neville is unlikely to return before the beginning of November and Young feels that the experience he has been afforded by his absence has stood him in good stead to replace the Manchester United defender.
"At club level you play with everyone all the time, while you only get a few days to train with internationals," he continued.
"The more you get involved, the more settled you feel. Sometimes it's a bit strange to think about it but I've just been taking it as it comes and get on with it.
"Having a few games under my belt means the confidence starts to show. I've always enjoyed the training and I have a bit more banter with the lads, having been a bit quiet when I first came into the squad."