Fears over potential of racism in Russian Federation

Fears over potential of racism in Russian Federation

Manchester United's Young was involved in confrontation with England team-mate and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli when their teams played each other last October.

At opposite ends of their respective careers, the two men have both been selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, where Young wants Alli to let his natural on-field aggression shine through.

I just had to get out there and play football and play as well as I could and, hopefully, the England manager would come and call me up again.

Ashley Young has insisted that his on-field spat with Dele Alli earlier this season has been put to bed ahead of England's World Cup campaign.

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"It's the World Cup coming up and that could be his stage to show everybody just how far he's come from when he made his debut".

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In his time away from England, he has adapted to a change in role after switching from winger to wing-back at Old Trafford.

"He's a fantastic talent and, for me, to have him in the squad is unbelievable. I would rather be in the attacking half than defending". I think I am one of those players who has a good footballing brain.

"Whether it's going to happen, whether you are on the pitch, I'm not sure how you react to it", he said. Prior to that, the squad will face Nigeria and Costa Rica in two warm up games.

"He's definitely been fantastic for us at United and he's definitely going to be a major player for us at the World Cup".

"A lot of things have been said by previous players, but here everybody gets on with everyone", Young added when discussing club rivalries in previous England squads. "We have that togetherness and I think there's enough experience throughout this squad that, if someone is being wound up, to pull them on the pitch and tell them to calm down or have a word with the referee".

"Going into the tournament, we're full of confidence, especially with the friendlies we've played against some of the best teams in the world".

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