Wide boys, yes, but no wide men of Giggs's stature. The task of pinning down an automatic starting place in Fabio Capello's first XI is less daunting than becoming a United regular.
At Old Trafford they know the difference between a new player who shrivels on their stage and one who responds as if born to thrive on pressure. On the evidence so far the more expectation that is piled on Young the better he reacts. "I always had belief," he said in an interview when he was still at Aston Villa. That kind of conviction was apparent in his work in United's 8-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.
By a quirk, two of England's best hopes are sons of Stevenage. The birthplace of Jack Wilshere was also the entry point to football for Young, who learned the game chiefly as a striker. For club and country he is a wide attacker who drifts in, from the left, and is a danger through the centre, sometimes in the withdrawn striker's position.
The auditions along England's flanks have been endless and often disappointing. Over the past three seasons openings have come for Stewart Downing, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Matt Jarvis and David Bentley. None has presented a consistently inarguable case for inclusion. With his form for United, Young can emerge from this fog not only to be England's senior winger but a menace in other roles when the attacking shape allows him to leave the touchline.
Told at 16 he would not be offered a youth contract by Watford, Young pictured , later reflected: "It's a case of whether you have the right attitude and belief in your own ability to turn it around. Say to yourself you believe in the ability you have, and show people you deserve to be given a chance." He was and has risen ever since.
Temperament is a perennial issue in England's wide positions. Too many England wingers have displayed timidity or lack the concentration to deliver a piercing final ball. Bursts of creative endeavour followed by long spells of inactivity have been conspicuous on the international stage. Young, though, has the air of a hunter who finds ways to involve himself in forward play when others might settle for a spectating role.
His emergence as England prepare to face Bulgaria and Wales brings another benefit. It took Gary Neville, who retired shortly before Young arrived at United, to confirm the big open secret of the last 10 years. Young should win his 16th cap against Bulgaria. Neville, who made 85 appearances, writes in his memoirs, Red: "There have been times when I've reflected on my international career and just thought: 'Well, that was a massive waste of time.'
"It should be fantastic, the best moments of your life. But there is no doubt that too many players spend too much time fearing the consequence of failure when they pull on an England shirt. They are caught between these massive expectations and the reality of being good, sometimes very good, but probably not of tournament-winning quality."
This accurate and honest confession shows the depth of fatalism in England camps from 1998-2010 and the nadir of South Africa. But once the truth session is out of the way, England have to find a way beyond pessimism and introspection. After the 4-1 defeat to Germany in Bloemfontein, Capello turned his face away from youth, suggesting instead that the group of players who had dug the hole would have to find a way back out.
This was a misreading of the mood and culture inside his squad. Only by promoting younger players who were not infected by years of institutionalised failure could Capello hope to restore the edge and appetite to his listless team. Joe Hart and Wilshere were the first two up the line. They have since been joined by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Gary Cahill, Andy Carroll and Young, who is 26 and approaching maturity.
The word is that Walcott impressed in England training on Wednesday. But Walcott has damage to put right. His recently published book portrayed Capello as a bully. "I told him – I prefer you as a player than as a writer," Capello said last week. So it would be perverse if Walcott dislodged Young in Sofia on the back of an energetic training-ground display.
Capello's eulogy for United's new faces came after the resounding wins over Spurs and Arsenal. He now talks like an international manager who has received an unexpected windfall.
In Young he has taken delivery of an adaptable winger/forward who has landed in the big time and intends to stick around.
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