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Tom Cleverley over ‘nightmare’
Tom Cleverley is determined to make up for lost time with Manchester United next term after “the hardest season of his life”. The midfielder, 22, played a key role in United’s flying start to the season and was tipped to go to the Euros. But injuries set him back and he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s England squad. Cleverley said: “It has been a nightmare at times but I am only 22 and have around 15 years ahead of me yet. I just hope I’ve got it all over and done with now. There were times during the season when I thought I was the unluckiest footballer in the world. From a great start it became the hardest season of my life – but it has made me mentally stronger.”
The England squad convened in Manchester on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Norway, and several papers pick up on the news that Danny Welbeck missed the first training session as he continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained against Man City. The FA described Welbeck’s absence as a “precaution”.
Patrice Evra believes England can follow Chelsea’s lead and stun the rest of Europe in Euro 2012. “I take the example of Chelsea,” says the Reds left-back, whose France team face England on 11 June. “They were at rock bottom when Roberto Di Matteo took over. But they’ve ended up champions of Europe. England have a lot of great players. They can surprise you and I don’t underestimate them. And, believe me, I don’t want to go back over there if we lose to them.”
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And there’s widespread coverage of Roy Keane’s assertion that Wayne Rooney’s biggest challenge, as he sits out England’s first two games at Euro 2012 through suspension, will be boredom.