Ridgewell makes Young case

Villa flyer tipped to shine

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Ashley Young is the ideal candidate to become David Beckham's long-term successor in the England team, according to his former Aston Villa team-mate Liam Ridgewell.

Steve McClaren has clearly taken note of Young's sparkling start to the season and Ridgewell, who worked with the former Watford man at Villa Park, is not at all surprised.

Tipping Young to soon usurp the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon as England's regular choice at right-midfield, Ridgewell is unstinting in his praise.

Ridgewell, himself a former England Under 21 international, said: "I don't see why Ashley can't become an England regular.

"Steve McClaren must have seen something there to call him up and I'm sure he can eventually get in and try to make a place his own.

"There's a lot of competition when everyone is available - but then when is there not a lot of competition amongst the England squad?

"Ashley is a great up and coming right-winger and that is what England need.

Pace to burn

"He's got pace about him and is direct. When I played with him, he was fantastic and he has started this season with Villa really well.

"I'm sure he'll go and do well for England and push the likes of Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips out of the way. I am sure he can go on to prove his worth.

"He is the sort of lad who keeps himself to himself and goes about his business quietly but I am sure he will do well."