Young admits to safety fears
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young admits several England players were worried during the win over Andorra.
Luke Young insists the boos will not stop him playing for England, but admits several players were worried during the 3-0 win over Andorra.
Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Barcelona prompted England fans to vent their frustration at coach Steve McClaren and the players.
The jeers arrived early into the match, but have been criticised by the players as being unhelpful to the national team.
And Young concedes the hostile nature of the abuse prompted non-playing members of the squad to not reappear for the second half.
"I was up in the stands and there were sections of the crowd not really watching the game, just throwing abuse at the players who weren't playing," said Young.
"It's disappointing for the manager because after just 14 minutes the boos started - I looked up at the clock to check the time.
"The guys who weren't subs didn't come out for the second half because we were worried for our own safety.
"Steven Gerrard said it was one of the toughest games he'd played in because of the crowd reacting to us like that.
"It's been building up over a period of time and it's difficult for the boys.
"But it would never stop me playing for England and that goes for everyone in the squad.
"If anything it makes you more determined to be involved and to try and prove a few people wrong."