Young and Cleverley close to England recalls

Manchester United winger Ashley Young and Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley – on loan from United – are being considered by England manager Roy Hodgson for a recall to the national team, the Daily Mail has reported.

Hodgson is considering his squad for the summer internationals against the Republic of Ireland, a friendly, and the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia. England are currently top of Group E with 15 points from a possible 15, scoring 15 goals and conceding only once, and Slovenia are in second place, six points adrift.

Young and Cleverley have come into Hodgson’s thinking for two reasons, its believed – their recent form and the prospect of a number of regular squad members pulling out of the end-of-season fixtures. Young has been out of the international reckoning since the autumn of 2013 but has impressed this season at Old Trafford and is set to sign a new deal with Louis van Gaal’s side.

Cleverley has also not featured for the Three Lions since 2013 but has rediscovered his form under recently-appointed Villa manager Tim Sherwood, scoring in each of his last three games – against Manchester City, Everton and West Ham and helping the Midlands team to the FA Cup final, where they will play Arsenal.

Joining Cleverley and Young could be Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, who has scored 17 goals for the relegated London club and could get his call due to Daniel Sturridge’s long-term injury.

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