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Manchester United's Chris Smalling tips Ashley Young for a swift England recall

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Ashley Young has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence under Louis van Gaal, and teammate Chris Smalling is backing him for an England recall.

News of PSV Eindhoven wonder-kid Memphis Depay’s arrival at Manchester United could have had an adverse effect on Ashley Young’s performance last weekend.

Depay will provide direct competition to Young next season, but the 29-year-old wide-man did not show any negativity as he set up both of the Red Devils' goals in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

First of all a Young cross struck Scott Dann on the arm, which led to a penalty that was safely tucked away by Juan Mata. Then, Young delivered for a late Marouane Fellaini winner to send the United faithful into raptures.

It was the culmination of an incredible turnaround for the winger, who was slated from pillar to post by the majority of United fans during last season’s nightmare campaign under David Moyes.

But Young has looked a different player since Van Gaal’s arrival and has become a fan favourite and a regular in the team. He has constantly looked like United’s most dangerous player going forward, and has even ousted record signing Angel Di Maria from the starting line-up to boot.

Inevitably, his recent resurgence has led to speculation that an England recall could be on the horizon. Young has not played for England since featuring in the game with Ukraine in 2013, but teammate Chris Smalling believes he should be recalled next month.

Smalling told the Daily Mail, “With his performances people will always be looking. He was terrific. Every time he got it he looked like he was going to beat his man.

“He’s been a real threat the last few weeks. It could be a confidence thing and the manager showing faith in him. I think it’s the unpredictability he’s got. I think England could always do with a player like that and he’s been there before and I’m sure he won’t be far off.”

England are due to take in a friendly international with Republic of Ireland on June 7th, before facing Slovenia a week later in the latest instalment of their so far faultless Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Were Young to be called upon by Roy Hodgson, he would hope to add to the 30 caps he has accumulated since making his Three Lions debut back in 2007.

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