Cleverley KO for World Cup qualifiers

Cleverley misses out
Cleverley misses out
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Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifying matches against Montenegro and Poland.

The 24-year-old Manchester United midfielder complained of a sore calf on Thursday and after a scan, the FA have confirmed he has returned to his club for treatment.

The statement said: “Cleverley complained of a sore calf after training on Thursday afternoon and had a scan later that day.

“Following the results the England medical team confirmed he would miss the upcoming two matches and he has returned to his club for further treatment.”

Hodgson at least has midfield alternatives.

Indeed, it has been suggested he may leave Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere out of his starting line-up to face Montenegro on Friday night, with either Michael Carrick or Frank Lampard getting the call to operate alongside skipper Steven Gerrard instead.

England go into the game a point clear of both their visitors and Ukraine, who entertain a Poland side that is a further two points adrift.