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Young hopes he impressed Hodgson

ESPN staff
May 27, 2012
Ashley Young is eyeing a starting spot at the European Championship © PA Photos

Ashley Young is hopeful he has done enough to force his way into Roy Hodgson's England side for the European Championship after a match-winning goal against Norway on Saturday.

Young, selected in Hodgson's first Three Lions side to play just behind lone striker Andy Carroll, scored the only goal of the game in Oslo after just nine minutes to secure the friendly victory, as England prepare for the forthcoming Euros.

A friendly against Belgium at Wembley is the only game remaining before the tournament begins and, with Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening two matches of the group stage, Young was happy to press his case to start alongside Carroll.

"It went well, we've been working on it in training," Young told ITV. "There were a few good combinations, and it worked with the goal which is always nice to get.

"I think I did alright tonight, I took my goal well. It was tough out there, but it's all about preparing for the Euros now and getting a win is nice as well."

The Manchester United winger is taking nothing for granted, however.

"The manager has come in and changed a few things. It's only been a few days, but I think it worked out there," he added. "It's up to the manager [to pick the side], not down to me. I've got to keep putting in performances that I have done before tonight, but we'll see what happens when it comes to the Euros."

Hodgson is currently preoccupied with an injury to Gareth Barry, which could yet force him to make a change to his final squad for the Euros. Scott Parker also came into the game with injury issues, but the Tottenham midfielder insisted he is now pain-free as he attempts to impress the new coach.

"Tomorrow will be the key for me but I felt really fine," Parker told Sky Sports News. "I have felt fine for about the last four or five days. I have trained fully and obviously it was good to get out there. I felt okay so I was pleased."

He added: "It is a fresh start so in a way you have to prove to him that you are worthy of a place in the team.

"It was obviously good to get out there and as a team we showed what we could do."

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