Young ready for England
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young is aware that the spotlight will be on him following his England call-up.
Charlton defender Luke Young is aware that the spotlight will be on every move he makes following his call-up to the England squad.
The 27-year-old full-back has been included in the side for the European Championship qualifiers against Israel and Andorra and has previously earned seven international caps, the last of which he won against Argentina in 2005.
Gary Neville is currently sidelined by an ankle injury which has left boss Steve McClaren with Micah Richards, who has recently had a problem with his calf, as his only natural right-back and Young is aware the pressure will be on in the next week.
"When you play international football you're going to get jumped on for mistakes. It's a pressurised situation," Young said.
"It comes with the territory because everyone wants to talk about the England side.
"You get scrutinised a lot more - one bad pass and you've got a five in the ratings the next day in the newspaper."
England are only three points behind Group E leaders Croatia but defeat in Tel Aviv on Saturday would dent their hopes of reaching the 2008 finals before they travel to Barcelona to face Andorra.
But Young remains upbeat about England's chances of reaching the tournament.
"It's a massive game away from home," he said.
"There has been a bit of a setback but I'm still confident that we're going to qualify."