"It is always an advantage to have players who can be flexible.
"Alan offers something to England wherever he plays.
"He can play at the top of an attack, or he can drop a bit deeper or also play in midfield. It is always an advantage to have players who can be flexible."
"Alan is a winner.
"He brings a certain attitude and toughness which has shone through during his battle for fitness.
"I watched Alan when he came back against Roma and really upset their back four.
"He was the platform for Manchester United going on to win that game.
"I spoke to Sir Alex after that and he said how well the boy had done and what a great attitude he had, which we always knew. I have monitored him closely ever since and he deserves to be back in."