Cleverley keen to shine
Midfielder ready to put injury woes behind him
Last Updated: August 13, 2012 4:28pm
Tom Cleverley: Found last season frustrating but is now raring to go for the new campaign
Tom Cleverley says he has gained fitness and experience from playing at the Olympics and hopes to play as regularly as possible for England and Manchester United during the upcoming season.
The midfielder is in the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Italy and could make his debut as Roy Hodgson looks to give opportunities to some younger players in Switzerland.
Cleverley is especially keen to impress after his progress last season was disrupted by injuries, having worked hard over the summer to get himself fit.
"It was a bit of a frustrating season for me," he said. "It always is for a footballer to be injured and not to be able to do what you do.
"But I'm not thinking about that now. I'm getting my head down and hoping to play as much football as possible, whether that be for England or Manchester United."
Cleverley comes into the game on the back of some impressive displays for Team GB at the Olympics, where he says he learned a lot that will help him for the future.
The 23-year-old said: "I've got fitness from it, I played five 90-minute games which is good because I didn't manage to get that much match fitness towards the end of last season.
"It's also helped me experience what's involved in tournament football - things like penalty shoot-outs. I've not experienced before so all that's good for me in the future.
"I enjoyed every minute of it. It was something a bit different from your normal league games but on a personal level it was good for me.
"Including friendlies I managed to play six games and feel confident and fit from it.
"It's a shame we didn't get a medal but I enjoyed the all-round experience."