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England boss Hodgson angered by Cleverley petition

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By Stephen Donovan

Wednesday 05 March 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has hit out at an online petition which has been set up to call for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley to be excluded from his World Cup squad, writes Sky Sports.

Tom Cleverley

Cleverley has been the target of some severe criticism for his performances this season, leading him to claim that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for Man Utd’s disappointing campaign.

Now, England fan Glenn McConnell, from Blackpool, has set up the petition calling for Cleverley to be ‘banned’ from this summer’s tournament. McConnell also criticises Hodgson for handing the ‘inept’ Cleverley 13 caps, when he believes that the 24-year-old ‘possesses no genuine qualities whatsoever’.

And Hodgson, who is an admirer of Cleverley, was very disappointed to hear of the petition, which has so far gained over 10,000 signatures. He said: "That petition does not impress me, I must admit.

"I'm disappointed that Tom, as a sensitive young man, has got to bear that burden, but I know one thing - he will come through it and when he does come through it and Manchester United start winning again, and he's starting to get praise for his performances, he'll be stronger for it.

"The fact is Tom Cleverley, from the moment the Euros ended, has been a part of the England set-up, he's played some very good games for us, he's been a very useful member of our group."

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