Young, therefore, has taken his form up a notch for Manchester United this term as he eyes a position in Gareth Southgate's party for next summer's competition in Russian Federation and, in quotes published by FourFourTwo, revealed why he'd only call time on his global career if his legs gave up on him.
"I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself". "One minute I'm the middle-of-the-road man, then all of a sudden I'm in the top three of seniors". That's just how I see it. "Coming back here is an honour, to be back with the England squad". Even at that young age he wanted to learn, and wanted to be the best. If I can bring my experience to the younger boys here, I can help them and they can help me. "I think it will be brilliant".
Young started out life as a winger at the likes of Watford and Aston Villa but, during his time at Old Trafford, has been used as both a full-back and wing back under the Red Devils' managers in Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. I want to play every game.
On his new defensive role, Young said: "As a footballer nowadays you've got to play in different formations and systems, and it's just whether you can adapt".
"It is more about having the right footballing brain".
"I'm one of those players who wants to play every game and the World Cup is a long way away - but at the back of my mind I think every English player wants to go to the World Cup".
Left wing suits Young best but he has shown his versatility, particularly for United. "The manager is talking about a 3-4-3 or wing-backs or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role", Young said. Especially after making himself an England regular at one point. I always said all along, for me, he's a special talent. As it is, the two have not yet crossed paths because of Alli's withdrawal but Young struck a conciliatory tone and even tried to argue his Instagram post after the game against Spurs - "talk is cheap" - was not, as widely perceived, intended for the benefit of the younger player.