Young makes England vow
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young insists he has no intention of relinquishing his England place.Charlton full-back Luke Young insists he has no intention of relinquishing his England place to fit again Manchester United defender Gary Neville.
The 26-year-old has filled in for Neville, who has been out since August with a groin injury, and has done a steady job for Sven Goran Eriksson's side.
However, Neville returned for United as a playing substitute on Tuesday night against Villarreal and is now likely to usurp Young in the pecking order at right back.
Young is still on course for a World Cup squad place, but is well aware that he must continue his fine form if he is to book a place on the plane for Germany.
"It's been great for me to be involved and to help the team qualify for the World Cup, and then it was brilliant to get my fifth start in a row against Argentina," said Young.
"It's in my mind that, apart from the squad against Argentina, there's still Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville to come back.
"Those two are probably certainties for the squad, so that's too many defenders involved.
''So, it's up to Sven to make his decisions - I just want to make it difficult for him. Every time I play I'm trying to show him I deserve to be in the squad.
"At least if he turns around and says 'I'm not in the squad', I can say 'I gave it my best shot' - then I'll have no regrets if I don't go to Germany."
Young believes he has acquitted himself well on the international scene since being brought in by Eriksson, confident he can continue to deliver on the highest stage.
"Hopefully I've taken the chance that has come my way,'' he added to the South London Press
"I tried in every England training session to show what I can do so that Eriksson keeps me in his mind.
"Hopefully I've done enough to get chances in future England games.
"I know I can improve further, but I've been fairly pleased with how it's gone with England and I feel I've acquitted myself quite well so far."