England full of confidence - Young

Stourbridge News: Ashley Young insists England are heading into their Euro 2012 opener with a positive mentality Ashley Young insists England are heading into their Euro 2012 opener with a positive mentality

Midfielder Ashley Young believes England's two friendly wins under Roy Hodgson have given the team plenty of confidence heading into their Euro 2012 opener with France on Monday.

Hodgson has begun his regime with 1-0 victories at Norway in Oslo and Belgium at Wembley, with Young scoring the decisive goal against the former. And the Manchester United star thinks the way England approached those games has given the squad cause for optimism ahead of their Group D opener with Les Bleus in Donetsk.

"Everybody in the squad is feeling confident ahead of that game and I'm sure if we can go out there and create the displays we've shown in the last couple of games, we can go out there and get a good result," Young said.

"If you look at the two games we've had under him (Hodgson), the organisation has been different to previous games and I think it's helped.

"The two 1-0 wins were good wins, especially the way we kept our shape and managed to get ourselves forward and get the goals. I think it's going to be important to do that on Monday."

Young revealed midfielder James Milner and full-back Martin Kelly missed Saturday morning's training session with minor ailments.

But everyone else participated in the closed-doors training session, including striker Jermain Defoe, who returned to the England squad after going back home on Thursday morning following the death of his father.

"It was a normal training session," Young said. "We went out and worked on a few things. It's about preparation for the game on Monday and we prepared in the right way.

"Milly's got blisters and Martin Kelly had a bit of a migraine last night but they were the only two that didn't take part.

"Everyone's fully fit for Monday and looking forward to the game."

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