Young: England hasn't won anything yet

England will take part in a first World Cup semi-final since 1990, but defender Ashley Young is refusing to get carried away.

Young knows that the team has put itself in an excellent position, but is refusing to get carried away.   -  Getty Images

Ashley Young insists there is no point in England celebrating its progress to the semi-final of the World Cup as it hasn't won anything yet.

Gareth Southgate's side brushed aside Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to set up a first last-four showdown since 1990, when it was dumped out on penalties by West Germany.

Young - who has started four of his country's five games at Russia 2018 - knows the Three Lions has put itself in an excellent position to win a first World Cup for 52 years, but is refusing to get carried away.

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Speaking at a press conference, the Manchester United wing-back said, "We haven't wont anything yet so there's no point celebrating. It's nice to get a victory, but celebrations are muted because we've still got big games to come. There's a lot to play for and I've said all along the team spirit is fantastic."

He added, "We've got a great chance [of winning the World Cup], we've put ourselves in a great position to win it. I said before the start we are not going out to not win it, so we've put ourselves in a great position."


Croatia booked its spot in the last four the hard way after its last-16 and quarter-final games against Denmark and Russia respectively went to penalties.

Young believes the fact England saw off Sweden inside 90 minutes might be enough to give them the edge in Moscow.

"I think physically it's demanding, to go 120 minutes then have to fly back to the base as well," he added. We felt that and they have done it twice, so it could be major advantage, but we know it'll be tough. We need to be mentally prepared to go the distance."

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