Cleverley: Manchester United contingent a positive for England

The midfielder believes that the six Old Trafford-based players can only benefit the squad, hoping that they can replicate their domestic form on the international stage
Tom Cleverley believes that the strong contingent of Manchester United players within the England squad will only serve to benefit both club and country.

The 23-year-old says that a strong core familiar with each other is a major boost for the national team, with six Old Trafford-based players included in the squad, as well as being a positive for his own personal development.

"When you see the current squad, seven of us got picked [Ferdinand pulled out to manage his fitness]," Cleverley told reporters. "It's the biggest [United contingent] it has been for a while. You have Phil Jones to add to that.

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"We are obviously proud of that fact. We must be doing something right for our club. 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. 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."

Although Cleverley has been regular in England squads since Roy Hodgson took over as manager, the midfielder knows that he must maintain a high level of performance both domestically and internationally - including in the top-of-the-table clash with Montenegro on Tuesday.

He continued: "Every time [Hodgson and I] meet up I know I have to train hard. 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.

"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.

"Both England and United have great players, especially in my position. It's just as hard to get into either team. 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."