Football - Cleverley withdraws from England squad

Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil because of a calf injury.

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Cleverley picked up the injury during Manchester United's final game of the season at West Brom and the FA confirmed on Sunday night that the midfielder has not joined up with the squad at St George's Park ahead of the double-header.

Roy Hodgson called up Manchester City man Jack Rodwell earlier this week in case Cleverley could not regain his fitness, so the England manager will not be adding another name to his 21-man party.

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