Man United vs Liverpool - Cleverley or Henderson for England?

Both midfielders have shown good form of late and will be in Roy Hodgson’s thinking – but which one deserves to go to the World Cup?

Roy Hodgson will be giving careful consideration to who he will select for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

England’s midfield will be a point of contention, with experienced heads like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and youngsters such as Ross Barkley and Ravel Morrison all in consideration.

Two men that have held their hands up for a place in the squad of late are Tom Cleverley and Jordan Henderson. If you through the likes of Michael Carrick and Jack Wilshere into the mix, there is every chance that these two could well be fighting for one place in Hodgson’s contingent.

Cleverley has been much-maligned over the last 12 months, as after returning from injury his form seems to have dropped. However, in the absence of top-notch central midfield options at Old Trafford, the former Wigan loanee has stepped up to the plate over the last month.

David Moyes has campaigned that Cleverley should be on the plane to Brazil, and there is no doubt that the United man is hard-working, can get box-to-box and would be a versatile addition to England’s squad.

Henderson has fought back from initial criticism at Anfield to become one of the side’s most influential players. The ex-Sunderland man has had to make do with a role on the right of midfield at times, but since being slotted in the centre of the park this season has looked like a different player.

Henderson is scoring and setting up goals, wins the ball back and looks the epitome of Steven Gerrard’s long-term replacement at Anfield. That said, the Liverpool pair in the heart of England’s midfield may well be a combination that could work.

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