Roy Hodgson has condemned the recent petition to stop Tom Cleverley from going to Brazil this summer.
Tom Cleverley has felt the brunt of both Manchester United and England supporters’ frustrations this season. Likewise in most sides, everyone needs to find a scapegoat, and unfortunately for the 24-year-old, he has been chosen.
It has been a horror season for Manchester United. The Red Devils have fallen a long way behind in the race for fourth spot, and unless they can perform a miracle in the Champions League, Old Trafford will be with Champions League football for the first time this side of the milenium.
The glaring Manchester United midfield problem has never been recognised more, but is that really Tom Cleverley’s fault? After all, his passing accuracy in the Premier League is an impressive 89.6% - a statistic which would be lauded in La Liga.
Such has been the abuse, Cleverley had to close down his twitter account and recently became the subject of a signed petition – attempting to block his potential involvement this summer in Brazil.
As the petition has gone viral, even the England staff have caught wind of it. However, Roy Hodgson has criticised those who doubt the England international, and reported by The Mirror he firmly stated Cleverley has a key part to play in the national set-up:
“Tom Cleverley has played some very good games for England, he’s been a very useful member of our group.”
“I don’t think it’s correct that people should single out one player for Manchester United’s lack of success this season.”
“I’m disappointed that Tom, as a sensitive young man, has got to bear that burden, but I know 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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