Young reveals England snub

ASTON Villa defender Luke Young has finally revealed the reason he retired from international football.

ASTON Villa defender Luke Young has finally revealed the reason he retired from international football.

The 30-year-old said that he “didn't get taken too seriously” by a number of England managers and turned down the chance to form part of Fabio Capello's squad as a late call-up against Brazil in Doha in November.

“I pretty much got picked for one squad every 10 when someone was injured,” he said. “When I used to turn up I used to sit in the stands.

“I didn't really get taken too seriously. When I originally got in the squad in 2005 I really wanted to give it a go.


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“For whatever reason, I faded out after playing a few games and now feel like my best days are behind me.”

Young has also ruled out coming out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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“I am 31 in the summer so I am hardly going to have a four or five-year career with England looking ahead.

“Maybe it's time for a younger player to come in and stake his claim.”

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