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Capello shock after Young turns down England call

FABIO CAPELLO was dealt a surprising blow yesterday after full-back Luke Young sensationally rejected his call-up for England&rsquo;s friendly clash with Brazil on Saturday &ndash; before announcing his retirement from international football.<br /><br />The Aston Villa right back was given the nod to join the squad on the flight to Qatar after first-choice Glen Johnson withdrew from the squad with a slight injury.<br /><br />But reports suggest Young had informed the Football Association of his decision to quit nine months ago and that Capello&rsquo;s enquiry was simply a bid to get him to change his mind.<br /><br />Young has made only one start for Villa this season since the death of his half-brother Andre in Crete, in August.<br /><br />Villa boss Martin O&rsquo;Neill granted the 30-year-old compassionate earlier in the season, but Young admitted the minute&rsquo;s silence for Remembrance Day which proceeded Villa&rsquo;s 5-1 victory over Bolton on Saturday, had brought the memories flooding back. &ldquo;It was quite emotional,&rdquo; the former Tottenham and Charlton defender explained. &ldquo;In the first few weeks after what happened I didn&rsquo;t really want to do anything. It was really tough. <br /><br />&ldquo;Then you come in and train hard and it gives you something to think about. Now it&rsquo;s a long time gone and I&rsquo;m ready to focus on my football.&rdquo;<br /><br />Young won just seven caps in four years for England, the last coming against Argentina in 2005. <br /><br />The decision, confirmed by his agent, leaves Wes Brown as England&rsquo;s only recognised right back for the Brazil friendly.<br /><br />Last night, however, FA chiefs issued a statement in response to Young&rsquo;s situation, but refused to admit that the player had actually formally announced his international retirement back in February as believed. <br /><br />&ldquo;The England management were aware of Luke Young&rsquo;s position but yesterday sought to clarify that this was still the case,&rdquo; the statement read.<br /><br />Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was the last high-profile player to call time on his international career, back in 2007, but England have suffered in the past with the premature withdrawals of Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.<br />