Keep playing 'on the edge', Young tells Alli

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Ashley Young feels his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford has the potential to "set the world alight" and is sure the forward will be a "major player" for England at this summer's World Cup.

Asked about England's chances, he said: "I think at times you need luck and sometimes you create your own luck".

England have been drawn in Group G at the World Cup and play their first match against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

Just over a week ago, England boss Gareth Southgate revealed part of his planning for the tournament would include preparing his players for any racist incidents they may face.

"It's the World Cup coming up and that could be his stage to show everybody just how far he's come from when he made his debut".

Ashley Young has urged Dele Alli not to take the edge out of his game, despite a flashpoint occurring between the two spiky England internationals during the Premier League season.

He has featured in his country's past eight fixtures under Southgate, who has chosen the third-youngest squad England have sent to a World Cup.

"It's a World Cup - my first one - so of course family and friends want to go to it", said the 32-year-old.

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"He's definitely been fantastic for us at United and he's definitely going to be a major player for us at the World Cup".

'The squad can achieve as much as it wants to, ' he said. There's pace everywhere you look in this squad but we're not going to Russian Federation to play on the counter-attack - we're going to try to win.

Young has been capped 33 times and scored seven goals for England (Nick Potts/PA).

"I don't pretend, I still see myself as an attacker, especially the way that we play with the full-backs or wing-backs high up", he said. "I would rather be in the attacking half than defending".

"Whether it's going to happen, whether you are on the pitch, I'm not sure how you react to it".

"He is always going to be someone that is going to divide opinion and I think he is comfortable with that".

Tottenham midfielder Alli reportedly told the veteran Manchester United player to "retire with a zimmer frame" when they squared off in a 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho's side at Old Trafford in October.

"Different managers play different formations".

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