Ashley Young's legs still carry him forward quickly, but it is possessing the "right footballing brain" that makes the 32-year-old Manchester United player believe he can still deliver for England at a World Cup.
"I'm enjoying football", Young said.
That little contretemps at Old Trafford was awkwardly timed bearing in mind Young's subsequent return to a new-look England squad where Alli is now one of the key players. "Come back when you've won the Prem", Young was clearly seen to have said, offering a sharp put-down to the impudent youth who has taken up residence in the England side, but without Young's medal collection.
"I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself".
Left wing suits Young best but he has shown his versatility, particularly for United.
It's perhaps just as well that Alli pulled out of the England squad through injury because it spared a potentially embarrassing reunion with the Manchester United wing-back.
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'I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself. "[Southgate] has talked about playing 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, so I feel I can step into that role whenever called upon". "I'm delighted to be back".
Rashford will be hoping to get among the goals again during the global break, with England set to take in glamour friendly ties at Wembley with Germany and Brazil as preparations for next summer's World Cup finals are stepped up. It's refreshing to see that in a kid so young, that he wants to get to the top.
Young followed the match with an Instagram post about the win, with the caption "talk is cheap". "If the referee gives a foul then it's a foul. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone can say anything but, no, I don't dive".
"The manager's said he's going with younger players but he's also said those playing well and on form will get a chance".
Whilst you'd be forgiven for thinking that Ashley Young had retired from global duty, his inclusion in the current England squad suggests otherwise, having simply been left out of the selection over the last few years. Young did not elaborate but mentioned it being three so many times it left the suspicion that perhaps he was not too fond of either Moyes or Van Gaal.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the Manchester United player had retired from worldwide duty after being snubbed in recent years.