England Fans Petition for Tom Cleverley Not to Go to World Cup 2014

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 1, 2014


A campaign started on Change.Org has called for Tom Cleverley to be banned from featuring in England's World Cup squad this summer—and it's already gathered close to 7,000 signatures.

The Manchester United midfielder has won 13 caps for his country and been used often by Roy Hodgson, but according to Glenn McConnell, who started the petition, that has to stop:

Tom Cleverley, owner of 13 England caps, six more than Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Leon Osman combined, has been regularly selected by Roy Hodgson in his squads without possessing any genuine qualities whatsoever.

We believe for the reputation of this proud footballing nation that he should be prevented from participating in this summer's international showcase. Whilst England are considered to disappoint at major tournaments, further embarrassment could be avoided by not having his inept performances undermine the rest of the team's efforts.

It appears that there is plenty of support for McConnell's viewpoint, with thousands adding their name to the request.


That said, Hodgson clearly rates the midfielder, has made him part of the squad for England's upcoming friendly with Denmark on Wednesday and would be expected to select him in his final World Cup squad.

Cleverley has been subject to plenty of criticism this season, particularly in a Manchester United team who have struggled all campaign long.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror in February, he told Oliver Holt that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for the failures of Manchester United.

I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat a little bit. A few people in the media certainly seem to have a perception of me not doing much in the team.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I can do better but people are making a big thing about how I don’t score enough goals when that is not necessarily my first job in the team.

Whether you agree with Cleverley's criticism or not, surely the fault would rest with his managers—Hodgson and David Moyes—for continuing to pick him?