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Cleverley: England wisely conserved energy against Moldova

The Manchester United midfielder made his competitive debut for the Three Lions in their 5-0 win in Chisinau and says they eased off late on with Tuesday's Ukraine match in mind

Tom Cleverley believes England executed the perfect game plan in their convincing 5-0 win away to Moldova in their opening World Cup qualifier.
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The Three Lions effectively sealed the three points in the first half after racing to a three-goal lead thanks to a Frank Lampard double followed by one from Jermain Defoe.

Despite adding another two goals in the second half, Cleverley revealed England did ease off in terms of effort with Tuesday's game against Ukraine at Wembley in mind.

"When you're playing games every four or five days, you've got to be clever and when you're 3-0 up at half time, you can try and save a bit of energy for Tuesday," He told TheFA.com

"But a 5-0 away win anywhere is a really good result and these places can be tricky sometimes. I'm new to the experience, but after watching England over the years I know these games can be hard."

The 23-year-old played in midfield alongside the experienced duo of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. He felt that the three of them worked well as a trio and hopes the side will line-up in a similar way on Tuesday.

"I thought that me, Stevie and Lamps rotated really well and we had the two wingers and were solid at the back," he added. 

"So let's hope we can carry on this good form into Tuesday."




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