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Cleverley hoping to stake Euro 2012 claim

ESPNsoccernet staff
February 23, 2012

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

Cleverley, 22, has been 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 international debut despite two call-ups to the senior ranks earlier in the season, has only recently returned from injury but is keen to impress ahead of this summer's European Championship.

"I don't really listen to what people are saying," Cleverley said. "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 Championship.

"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."

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