Young rejects England chance

11 November 2009 12:13
Aston Villa defender Luke Young has declined an offer to join up with the England squad to face Brazil and has retired from international football. The 30-year-old full-back was approached by head coach Fabio Capello to replace injured Liverpool defender Glen Johnson in the squad for the friendly in Qatar. However, the former Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic defender is reported to have spurned the advances of the Italian and called time on his seven-cap international career. Young has not featured for the Three Lions under Capello, with his last international appearance coming against Argentina in 2005. Young joined the Midlands club in summer 2008 but has been out of the first-team picture this season. A thigh injury was followed by the death of his teenage brother and Young recently admitted he was struggling to cope with the loss. Speaking after the minute's silence for Remembrance Day before Villa's 5-1 win over Bolton on Saturday, he said: "It all came back to me on Saturday. It was quite emotional. "In the first few weeks after what happened I didn't really want to do anything. It was really tough. "Then you come in and train hard and it gives you something else to think about. Now it's a long time gone and I'm ready to focus on my football career."

Source: ESA