Young revelling in fine form

07 September 2011 09:00

Ashley Young admitted he had never felt better after continuing his amazing run of form by scoring the winner in England's European Championship qualifier against Wales.

Young scored the only goal of a tense game at Wembley, the third time he had found the net in his last three matches for club and country.

The winger's performances appear to have gone up a level since his summer move to Manchester United and he said: "I'm always confident going on the pitch and I'm even more confident now. I'm enjoying how things are going at the minute. Things have gone really well for myself and hopefully it can continue."

Young's goal made it six Group G points out of six for England, who also won in Bulgaria on Friday.

"We wanted to get six points out of both games and we've done that," said Young, who knew qualification for next summer's finals would be guaranteed by a draw in Montenegro next month. "It's in our hands," he continued. "It's going to be a tough game but I feel we can go there and get three points."

The win also ensured England ended a run of four home games without a win going back more than a year.

"It was a relief to get the goal and get the three points," Young added. "We set out our stall from the word go to get the three points. Obviously, it wasn't the best performance but getting the three points was what I think we deserved."

Young was one of few standout performers for England, with Stewart Downing the other, the Liverpool winger laying on the winner for his former Aston Villa team-mate.

"It was great play by Stewart down the right and I found myself in the right position to finish it off," said Young, who admitted England had their backs to the wall in the second half.

"They put us under a lot more pressure, which we knew they would do. They came and played with a lot of freedom. They're away from home and I think teams play with a lot of freedom, especially when they come to Wembley. We found it difficult but we got that goal and we got the three points."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

England 2 0 0 6 6
Belgium 2 0 0 6 6
Tunisa 0 0 2 -4 0
Panama 0 0 2 -8 0
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