Ashley Young never thought his England career was over, even when he was left out of squad after squad, and the Manchester United wing-back is relishing the chance to play global football again after being called-up for friendlies against Germany and Brazil. "If I can bring experience to help them, like I do with Marcus [Rashford] and Jesse [Lingard] at United, they're always players that want to learn".
Coincidently, Young had an infamous clash with one of the outgoing England players just weeks ago.
"It would be nice to see him", he said. "Things are said, but once the game is finished you talk afterwards". That's just how it is. That gives him that edge.
But what about his little jibe telling him to "Come back when he had won the Premier League?" "He hasn't, yet", Young volunteered.
If picked, Young will play for England for the first time since a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine back in September 2013 and he hasn't yet given up on featuring at next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
"You can do if you want", replied Young.
"If I'm totally honest I didn't have a clue", he said.
Manchester United full-back Ashley Young insists that he has never considered leaving the club despite speculation linking him with a move to China during the summer. "[Southgate] has talked about playing 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, so I feel I can step into that role whenever called upon".
"I've showed I deserve to be in the [England] squad", he added. "When you have the chance to represent your country it's an honour".
'I would prefer it if I was playing further up the pitch, ' Young told reporters.
"I'm delighted for him because he wants to work and learn and he's doing fantastically well".
Young watched the last World Cup on holiday in Dubai, but can underline his credentials for the next one in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil. Young appears to have removed, or at least reduced, that side to his game but there was a time when Sir Alex Ferguson stated publicly he would address his own concerns with the player. "Everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone can say anything but, no, I don't dive".
After repeatedly saying he had only had three managers at United, Young was asked if anything should be read into those comments, amid suggestions he was not keen on either Moyes or Louis van Gaal.