Euro 2012 news

Cleverley eager for England chance

February 23, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Tom Cleverley is eager stake his claim for a place in the England senior side ahead of their friendly with Netherlands on Wednesday.

Tom Cleverley England training
GettyImagesTom Cleverley has been a regular for England under Roy Hodgson

• Pearce to step in as caretaker coach

Cleverley, 22, is expected to be named in Stuart Pearce's squad for England's forthcoming meeting versus Netherlands at Wembley next week, with reports suggesting the caretaker boss will experiment with an inexperienced set of players.

Manchester United midfielder Cleverley, who is still to make his debut despite two call-ups to senior ranks earlier in the season, has only recently returned from injury but is keen to impress ahead of this summer's European Championships.

He said: "I don't really listen to what people are saying. I just go out and play my football. If I can find some good form from now until the end of the season, I would be more than happy to be involved in the European Championships.

"I am not sure whether it is a good time though. I know Stuart Pearce quite well from my time with the Under-21s. He is a good manager. Hopefully I will be involved."