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Ashley Young

Ashley Young was born in Stevenage in 1983 and was educated at John Henry Newman School but also spent a year at Barclay School where he studied for a BTEC in sport. He played for Stevenage Colts in local junior league football. From the age of 15 /17 he was part of the Watford Youth set-up before signing as a professional. At 18 in 2003 he celebrated his first team debut by scoring his first goal for Watford. In the 2004-05 season Ashley played in 34 of Watford's matches and won their Young Player of the Season Award. In 2005-06 Ashley played in 41 league games scoring 15 times as Watford won promotion to the Premiership.
In January 2007 he was transferred to Premiership club Aston Villa and has played 10 times for the England U/21 team including in the European Championships but in 2007 he won his first full England place in the win against Austria. In January 2007 he was transferred to Premiership club Aston Villa and has played 10 times for the England U/21 team including the 2007 European Championships and also won the first of his full England caps that year in the 1-0 win against Austria. In 2009 Ashley received the Young Player of the Year award in recognition of his accomplishments. By the start of the 2009/10 season Ashley had made 87 appearances and scored 18 goals for Villa. He has a total of 17 Full England Caps. It is not yet known if Ashley will be selected for the England 23 man World Cup squad for 2010.