Tom Cleverley insists Manchester United’s England stars can lead Three Lions to 2014 World Cup qualification

By Alex Bysouth

Midfielder Tom Cleverley insists England’s Manchester United contingent can continue their impressive club form and lead the Three Lions to World Cup qualifying victory in Podgorica.

Cleverley is one of six United players in the squad – following Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal – who face Montenegro tonight following a demolition job in San Marino.

And the 23-year-old believes the influx of United players in the squad is testimony to the Old Trafford side’s league form, sitting 15 points clear of rivals Manchester City.

“When you see the current squad, seven of us got picked,” said Cleverley. “It’s the biggest it has been for a while and you have Phil Jones to add to that.

“We are obviously proud of that fact. We must be doing something right for our club and hopefully we can carry on that form for England as well.

“It is good that we all know each other and how each other play and it is good for Manchester United as well that there is a good core of English players who are doing well.

“Sir Alex also wants us to play well so we will gain confidence when we go back to the club.”

Cleverley – a regular under Roy Hodgson since making his debut seven months ago – has started England’s last eight fixtures, but refuses to take his role in the side for granted.

“Every time we meet up I know I have to train hard,” he explained. I am thankful to the manager that he has picked me a lot this year.

“But there are some fantastic midfielders as well so I don’t take anything for granted, both England and United have great players, especially in my position – It’s just as hard to get into either team.

“It’s only natural for big games like this that everyone wants to play, those who aren’t will be disappointed, but coming off the bench and helping the team to win is part of the job too.

“We just accept that there are great players with both club and country so we just have to work as hard as we can to get into either team.”

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