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Young's dilemma

Posted on 13 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Luke Young faces a club versus country dilemma on Monday.<P class=MsoNormal>Our versatile defender is with the England Under-21 squad preparing for Tuesday&rsquo&#59;s friendly against Italy.<P class=MsoNormal>But Young is still troubled by the foot problem that has caused him concern since September. At least the 20-year-old is able to play games at the moment &mdash&#59; and he&rsquo&#59;s playing well in a sweeper&rsquo&#59;s role &mdash&#59; but the injury is flaring up after matches.<P class=MsoNormal>Young is doing all he can to be fully fit for Italy but admits he would rather miss out on international duty on Tuesday if it means he&rsquo&#59;s fit to play against Liverpool in the Premiership on Sunday.<P class=MsoNormal>He revealed: &ldquo&#59;My foot is struggling a bit to be honest. It&rsquo&#59;s always sore after games and it&rsquo&#59;s a little sore now.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I don&rsquo&#59;t want to play on Tuesday and then not be able to play on Sunday. I&rsquo&#59;d rather get my club career sorted rather than my international career at the moment.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ll be training on Monday and I&rsquo&#59;ll just have to see how it is then.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Like his team-mate Ledley King, Young, if fit, is determined to gain revenge against an Italian side that beat England in the European Under-21 Championships in the summer.<P class=MsoNormal>Young said: &ldquo&#59;They were good in the Under-21 Championship and I&rsquo&#59;m sure they will be strong at home.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>And on the wider scale, youth certainly seems to be the flavour of the month with no player under the age of 30 in the senior squad to face Italy in England&rsquo&#59;s friendly on Wednesday.<P class=MsoNormal>Young added: &ldquo&#59;All the young lads seem to be getting a go at the moment with Peter Taylor in charge and that gives you an incentive to do well. You never know you might get a chance.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>To listen to Luke's thoughts, <A href="">click here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>