Ban Tom Cleverley from World Cup petition gets 3,500 signatures

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Over 3,500 football fans have signed a petition demanding that Tom Cleverley is banned from England's summer World Cup squad.

The Manchester United midfielder has become a regularly addition to the England lin-up under Roy Hodgson, most recently called up for their upcoming friendly against Denmark.

But it seems that although Hodgson and David Moyes are happy to see Cleverley play in their sides, football fans are not.

In less than 24 hours, the petition managed to harbour over 3,000 signatures, topping the 3,500 mark by Friday afternoon.

The petition reads: "Tom Cleverley, owner of 13 England caps, six more than Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Leon Osman combined, has been regularly selected by Roy Hodgson in his squads without possessing any genuine qualities whatsoever.

"We believe for the reputation of this proud footballing nation that he should be prevented from participating in this summer's international showcase.

"Whilst England are considered to disappoint at major tournaments, further embarrassment could be avoided by not having his inept performances undermine the rest of the team's efforts."

Much like the most of the Manchester United team, Cleverley has seen his form enter a decline following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

In 32 games, Cleverley has managed just one goal, leading to a torrent of criticism on social media.

Despite this poor form, he has still been called up to the England squad, being prefered to the in-form Everton midfielder Gareth Barry.

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