Capello positive on Ashton

Dean Ashton looks set for a run of games with England after being described as the "the future" by anager Fabio Capello today.

The 24-year-old striker made his first start at senior international level in the 1 June friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, getting 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time. Reflecting on the No9's contribution and describing him as a "good footballer", Capello said: "Ashton will be with us for the next few games, depending on if he's fit ... [He] is the future because he's young " The Italian coach has also selected Robert Green and Matthew Upson in his squads over the past season and they, along with midfielders Scott Parker and Kieron Dyer, will also be looking to impress in future.

Speaking exclusively to after his new five-year deal was agreed, Ashton spoke of his desire to get another chance when England are next in action against the Czech Republic on 20 August before 2010 World Cup qualifying begins away to Andorra on 6 September. He said: "It is a case of knuckling down, I haven't proved anything yet. I have got to play well for West Ham next season to earn my place in the next squad and then go from there really. I would be lying if I said I didn't want to be in every squad. You are playing with the top players in the country and it is only going to help you."