Tom Cleverley is desperate for an England recall…
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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is hoping that his season-long loan move to Aston Villa is going to help him secure an England recall.
The move was confirmed earlier today, after the Premier League sanctioned the switch. Villa made a late move before the transfer deadline after initially calling off a permanent deal on Monday because of the player’s wage demands.
According to the Daily Mail, they then had to wait to see if they had completed the paperwork on time before the move was confirmed on Tuesday.
Cleverley had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford following the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal. The 25-year-old also lost his place in the England squad following a poor end to last season, despite playing in seven of their 10 World Cup qualifiers.
England host Norway in a friendly on Wednesday and go to Switzerland on Monday for the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign without him. And Cleverley, who was left out of the Three Lions’ World Cup squad this summer, wants to force his way back into boss Roy Hodgson’s plans.
“I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team,” the player, who has 13 caps, told the club website.
“The thing I am concentrating on though is trying to come in and hit the ground running so I can help Aston Villa. Playing football is what matters most to me and I’m looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. This is the kind of club where I can do that.”