Tom Cleverley criticism: David Moyes joins Roy Hodgson in defending the Manchester United midfielder
A petition has been circulating seeking support for the midfielder to be banned from England's World Cup squad
Friday 07 March 2014
David Moyes sprang to the defence of Tom Cleverley after an online petition was launched calling for the Manchester United midfielder to be excluded from England's World Cup squad.
Over 17,000 people have signed the petition, which was set up by Glenn McConnell from Blackpool, who criticised the player's "inept" performances for United and England.
"Tom Cleverley is a fantastic young player who's developing all the time," the Manchester United manager said.
"He is a great trainer. He is first out and every day he does his best in training.
"He always gives his best and that is why he will succeed."
Cleverley received the backing of England manager Roy Hodgson, who lashed out at those who had signed the petition.
The midfielder did not feature for England in their friendly win over Denmark but he is fit for United's game against West Brom on Saturday.
A letter from Moyes to United season ticket holders came to light on Friday morning.
In it, the Scot thanked the fans for their support during what he conceded was a sub-par season.
Moyes repeated that message at his pre-match press conference.
"We have great support," he said.
"The supporters understand the difficult period we are in and they are backing the players.
"I believe that the players are working hard for each other. They know they can play better, and they will play better."
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