Young announces international retirement

Aston Villa defender Luke Young confirmed his international retirement on Wednesday after turning down the chance to join England's squad for a friendly against Brazil this weekend.

The player's agent told the BBC that the 30-year-old, who has seven caps and last played for England in 2005, had rejected an approach to replace the injured Glen Johnson in the squad for Saturday's friendly in Qatar.

The BBC said Young had told the FA in February that he no longer wanted to be considered for selection by England, although his decision only became public on Wednesday.

The FA issued a statement on their website to clarify the situation.

"The England management were aware of Luke Young's position but yesterday sought to clarify that this was still the case," an FA spokesman said on the governing body's website.

Young was last called up by manager Fabio Capello in February but did not play in the friendly against Spain.

Young's 17-year-old brother died in an accident in Crete in August and the player has been absent from the Villa starting line up due to compassionate leave and injuries.

Liverpool's Johnson pulled out of the squad on Tuesday, leaving Manchester United's Wes Brown as the only recognised right-back.