England legend Terry Butcher admits concerns over Young

Former England captain Terry Butcher has revealed his concern about playing a make-shift winger at full-back, with Ashley Young looking likely to feature heavily at left-back.

The defender has enjoyed an impressive season in Jose Mourinho’s defence in a new position, and has been selected for the squad to go to the World Cup, a decision which leaves doubts in the mind of Butcher.

“Ashley Young is my pet hate and the one area Gareth Southgate seems to have a blind spot.” He said.

“He seems to think that because he is a forward-thinking player with experience who has had a good season for Manchester United, he can do a job for England.

“Your wing-backs have to be quick going forward and quick in recovery. Young is neither, which makes him reluctant to go forward because he is worried about the amount of cover he is giving the centre-backs.

“That one area down our left-hand side could be our undoing. You saw that in the second half against Nigeria at Wembley. And at the World Cup, just one weakness can put you out of the tournament.

“Without a doubt, it is vital Danny Rose is fit to play in the tournament.”

Does Rose deserve to play after his odd season? Will Young start the opener with Tunisia on Monday?

Updated: June 11, 2018 — 7:20 pm
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