Cleverley is in it to win it

Young Lion confident Pearce's side can conquer the continent

Cleverley: Braced for busy summer

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Tom Cleverley believes England are capable of going all the way at this summer's U21 European Championship.

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Stuart Pearce's side made the semi-finals in 2007 and finished as runners-up to Germany two years ago.

Their aim is to go one better this time around, with a squad packed with Premier League experience expected to be among those challenging for the top prize.

Cleverley, who is currently on loan at Wigan from Manchester United, insists taking the trophy has always been the target for the Young Lions, ever since they took their first tentative steps in a successful qualification campaign.

"From day one in our qualification process we've known what we have wanted to do and that is win the competition this summer," said the 21-year-old midfielder.

"We know the manager has the experience to win a competition at this level."

Those hoping to make the final cut this summer know they must impress during the remainder of the domestic season if they are to be given a shot at international glory.


"That is what all the quad is trying to do, all eyes are on the summer and every game as a group can only be a good thing," said Cleverley, following a 4-0 victory over Denmark on Thursday.

"I'm sure he [Pearce] will be watching us closely in the final games of the season and we have got to impress."

No-one can afford to take their place for granted either, with England blessed with a talented pool of youngsters from which to select.

Cleverley added: "There is always pressure when you're playing for your country but there is added pressure because of the level of talent in the squad.

"We don't have just a talented 10 players we have a talented 30 players. It is tough for the manager but there is good competition amongst the squad."

While hoping to conquer the continent in 2011, Cleverley admits he is also looking to be involved in the pursuit of global glory at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

He said: "Definitely, I'm looking forward to this summer at the moment but it is possible for me and I will get my head down and work towards that. It is a massive event."

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