England United: Gary Neville backs new flock of Old Trafford youngsters for international glory

By Chris Bailey

Manchester United’s young guns are starting to make their presence felt on England’s international stage, according to Red Devils hero Gary Neville.

Neville, who is the Three Lions’ assistant coach, made his England breakthrough at just 20 and went on to collect 85 caps.

And he senses long and fruitful international careers ahead for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley – provided they keep getting club minutes under their belt.

“They grow each time and you notice the maturity in them,” Neville told

“Welbeck’s growth has been incredible, we’ve not seen too much of Phil Jones with England, Chris played well in Montenegro and Tom has done really well, playing a part in nearly every game.

“All of the young players are well thought of, not just at Manchester United but other clubs at well. You just hope that they can play more consistent football to become top England players as well.”

The young English core of players at Old Trafford helped United to a record 20th league title last season following 2012’s Premier League heartbreak at the hands of Manchester City.

But Neville suggests the experience of losing is just as important as being a champion – which the youngsters must take into next year to establish themselves in the starting line-up.

“They are now champions after winning the title – they should gain confidence from that and want to go again,” he added.

“They should also feel more mature after the experience of losing the title last year and winning it back this season.

“They are two years on and this third season is where they really need to perform, kick on and become Manchester United players.”

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