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Tom Cleverley Handed England Call-Up Following Withdrawal Of Arsenal And Manchester United Stars

Old Trafford starlet gets Wembley chance.

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has been handed a surprise England call-up for Wednesday’s friendly with Holland after Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick withdrew with injuries.

The 21-year-old impressed manager Fabio Capello during his second-half appearance in the Community Shield that he could make his senior debut at Wembley.

The England U21 international came on at half-time and helped his side overturn a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 against rivals Manchester City.

His promotion to the senior squad is because Arsenal and United midfielders Wilshere and Carrick will not be risked ahead of the start of the Premier League season.

Gunners boss  had already declared his teenage prodigy unavailable  due to an inflamed ankle.

The 19-year-old missed the pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday because of it but Capello still wanted to have a look at the injury.

That belief was confirmed this lunchtime, with Wilshere heading back to Arsenal for further treatment ahead of the Premier League opener at Newcastle.

Carrick had been a doubt for the Community Shield after picking up an Achilles injury during former team-mate Edwin van der Sar’s testimonial last week.

He was taken off at half-time during the season’s curtain raiser for Cleverley and will undergo rehabilitation for the game against West Brom on Sunday.

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