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Ashley Young's former PE teacher couldn't be more proud of his pupil's success

It is a role many young footballer's dream of wearing Three Lions on their shirt in the starting line up for the England squad. That was Ashley Young's ambition, and tonight, once again, he could play for his country.

England manager Gareth Southgate instructing Ashley Young Credit: PA

Ashley Young's performances on the pitch have it seems always stood out. He was just 12-years-old when this PE report was written at his school in Stevenage.

Ashley Young's school report

Andy Braithwaite taught Ashley PE during his secondary school years and wrote his report.

What interests me when I look back at it is the fact that I was impressed with his co-operation, how he helped all his team mates.

If I were writing a report now, I'd say he's someone who has persevered and tried really hard. He never gave up. He was dropped and still trained hard - and now he has made it. He's a great example to everybody who wants to do that.

– ANDY BRAITHWAITE, PE Teacher, The John Henry Newman School
Ashley Young during his school days

He was captain of the school team and at the same time playing in Watford's Youth Academy. But his former maths teacher says he still took every subject seriously.

I liked his positivity. I liked the fact he kept going whatever happened. He always turned up for things, even though he had his football commitments he's always turn up for the athletics team and do his bit. I just thought all round he was a good kid really.

– COLETTE MURPHY, Maths teacher, The John Henry Newman School

He left his mark on the teachers - and today's generation of pupils who he has visited.

I think it's pretty cool that he came to our school. The fact that he's a professional footballer now proves that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.


It's an honour to be in the same uniform - I feel proud that he's done so well and I hope we all do the same.


The pupils here are taught that they can achieve their dreams if, like Ashley, they are determined.