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Roy Hodgson criticises Cleverley petition

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England manager Roy Hodgson has defended Tom Cleverley after an online petition was set up in a bid to prevent the midfielder from representing the Three Lions. 

The petition called for the 24-year-old to be banned from World Cup selection - referring to him as 'inept' - and has already been signed by  more than 12,000 supports. 

Cleverley has come under increased pressure this season in a year that has seen Manchester United lose their grasp on the Premier League title, but Hodgson has criticised the petition.

"It doesn't impress me," he said.

"He deserves to be in this 30-man group. He's done an awful lot of good.

"I don't think it's correct people should single out one player for Manchester United's lack of success this season.

"I would like to think that I'm not going to have the England team selected in the future by petitions from various people who are holding it against one person for a team's lack of success."

With England set to host Denmark at Wembley this evening, Hodgson has one last chance to cast an eye over his side before he decides on the 23-man squad that will travel to Brazil.

And it seems as if Hodgson has a soft spot for Cleverley, insisting that the player will come back stronger after a season that most Red Devils fans will want to forget. 

"Whether he'll make the 23 or not will of course depend on a lot of things, not least of all how he does in the next couple of months," he added.

"But that doesn't just apply to Tom Cleverley, that applies to a good many players. 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."

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