Date: 13th October 2008 at 4:52pm
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Gareth Barry has explained that England coach Fabio Capello has written to Ashley Young and assured him he is keeping an eye on his progress.

Young was again left out of the England squad despite being named Premier League Player of the Month but it seems like we will see Ash in the England squad again sooner rather than later.

Speaking to the Express and Star Barry explained:

‘Time is definitely on Youngy’s side and the manager has told him that too.

‘He knows he is playing well with a lot of confidence and he knows he is not too far off.

‘He got a letter beforehand saying he is close to being in the squad. He knows he is not far away and just needs to keep doing what he is doing. His time will come.

‘Every club gets a fax come through. It’s good for him to know. If players like that are getting left out of the squad then the players currently in it know they really need to perform.’

It must be most, if not all, players dream to represent their country but quite frankly I couldn’t care less.

The longer Young stays at Bodymoor Heath as opposed to spending time with our serially underperforming national squad the better in mind.

Yes he would benefit from a different type of football and come up against different types and quality of player, but simply enough, he will get that experience with our European outings anyway.

So the failure of Capello to select him so far is not to his detriment in terms of his development.

At the end of the day I only care that Young is available for us and then what he does for us.

You see too many players suffer because of international commitments, let alone injuries, so if we can have a Villa free England and U-21 side at least until next season when we get more quality and depth in, then I’ll be happy.