Cleverley 'buzzing' following Team GB inclusion

The 22-year-old has been named in the final list for this summer's Games, and he sees the tournament as an ideal platform for a strong domestic season with the Red Devils.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has revealed his delight at being named in Staurt Pearce's 18-man Team GB squad.

After his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, Cleverley was touted as a potential member of Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012.

However, after missing out on the 23-man squad for the European Championship, Cleverley is delighted to have been named on the Team GB list, and is relishing the challenges ahead.

"I'm buzzing about it, I cannot wait," Cleverley told the Manchester Evening News. "It is a great way for me to bounce back after the disappointment of not going to the Euros with England. It's a young squad, apart from the older-age players, and after England's Euro 2012 experience a lot of people are talking about putting the accent on youth.

"This is a chance for me to remind people early. They've put trust in us and I want to repay that faith."

After a promising start to the 2011-12 season, Cleverley picked up a series of niggling injuries and made just 10 league appearances for United, and was also hampered by the impressive form of Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes.

However, the 22-year-old is hoping a strong Olympic campaign will stand him in good stead for the upcoming domestic season.

"I need to hit the ground running for the new season and this is a great chance for me," he added. "The manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] was happy for me that I was shortlisted and had no problems about me being in the Olympics if chosen. I will miss United's pre-season tour and, ideally, I would have liked to do both.

"But after my injury spell out last season, Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick were doing so well I didn't get much game time. So I need minutes on the pitch and I feel that playing in high-stakes competitive matches like I'll get at the Olympics is right for me. I am very excited about it and I just want to have a good tournament. It's a fantastic opportunity and a great boost." has a new podcast! Goal Daily Podcast is a MUST for all Soccer fans and discusses the very latest news and views. What’s more when you sign up the service is FREE for the first month and you can cancel anytime.

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