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27/05/2013 10:55

Papers: Cleverley blow

Declan Warrington writes in the Daily Mail...

Cleverley withdrawn from England squad
Tom Cleverley has been officially withdrawn from the England squad for this week's friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil. The Manchester United midfielder's fitness had been the subject of significant doubt because of a muscle injury which forced his substitution during the 5-5 draw away at West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season. Manchester City's Jack Rodwell had already been called up as a result of Cleverley's withdrawal appearing likely but that does not mean for Roy Hodgson that the latter's absence is any less of a blow.

The Manchester Evening News' online edition focuses on Cleverley's long-term friend and colleague for club and country Danny Welbeck, claiming the striker will be "seeking assurances from the new manager [David Moyes] that he will have more than a bit part role at the club next season. The next 12 months could be pivotal to Danny Welbeck's career. The 22-year-old has  established himself as a firm figure in Roy Hodgson’s England squad. But in a World Cup season, he will know the importance of cementing a regular position at United."

The same local newspaper goes on to say that Welbeck's England place is under threat from Liverpool's rejuvenated striker Daniel Sturridge and the late-season form of Andy Carroll at West Ham.

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