Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly is the latest young gun to rise from the club's academy system - with the youngster already gaining many plaudits after breaking into the first team at the start of the 2011/12 Premier league season.

Cleverly, 22, has been hit by injury this season however, and only recently made his return to the side - preventing him from making an appearance in England's latest international friendly against Holland at Wembley.

In spite of this, Cleverly is widely tipped to make the 23-man squad for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine - which is something the midfielder is relishing the prospect of.

He said: "My priority has to be getting back into action for Manchester United and trying to make the cut for the Euros.

"I don't think it's too late to make a claim for an England place. It was disappointing to have to sit out the Holland game, but with Europa League matches I reckon there are around 20 games left to look forward to before the end of the season."

Evidently Cleverly is itching to play regular football again for his club, although won't be fit to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Manchester United look to close the gap on local rivals City and regain their Premier League crown.

The men from Old Trafford are currently two points behind the blue half of Manchester with twelve games remaining, a gap Cleverly hopes the side can turn around.

He stated: "Winning another title would make up for all the injuries i've suffered, the bad results, everything."

As the summer draws nearer, the small matter of the London 2012 Olympics is upon us, and Cleverly is keen to get involved and represent his country under Stuart Pearce.

The United player was at the promotional advert for the 'Albert Ball', which is going to be used for the Olympics, and when asked about the chance to play in the tournament he had no hesitation.

"For a young English player it is an exciting summer with the Euros and the Olympics," added the youngster.

"I was talking about the Olympics with Anderson at Manchester United. He played in the last Games for Brazil and he said it was a great football tournament.

"Other top players have appeared in the Olympics, and to win a gold medal at Wembley would be unbelievable. To have that medal in your trophy cabinet when you have finished would be great."

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