Cleverley in for Mason

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Tom Cleverley has been called up to the England squad after Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason withdrew because of a knee injury.

Mason suffered the injury in training after joining up with the England squad at St George’s Park this week.

He has gone back to Spurs for treatment and will therefore miss the upcoming double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

Cleverley, a free agent, has been called up as a replacement.

The 25-year-old, who was on loan at Aston Villa last season, has not played for his country since November 2013.

Cleverley played the first nine matches under Hodgson after Euro 2012, but lost his place following a dip in form for Manchester United.

Cleverley was named on the standby list for the World Cup last year but did not make the final 23 even though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee injury in the penultimate warm-up match against Ecuador in Miami.

The midfielder enjoyed something of a renaissance under the management of Tim Sherwood at Villa last season, scoring three goals in the club’s final three league games to help them avoid relegation.

But reports suggest he is set to turn down a contract with the Midlands club and move to Everton instead.

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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