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.
Ashley signed for Manchester United in 2011 and since being there has won all English trophies available these include the FA Community Shield in2011, Premier League Title in 2013, FA cup in 2016 and EFL cup in 2017. He has also had European Silverware success winning the UEFA Europa League in 2017. Ashley has made over 200 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions scoring 16 goals.
Ashley was selected for England’s Euro 2012 campaign playing four games before England was knocked out by Italy on penalties. After being out of the squad for nearly 4 years, Ashley was recalled by England Manager Gareth Southgate in late 2017. He continued to be a part of the England team as a regular starter before selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad to which England finished in 4th place.