In a sign that he is back in Roy Hodgson's thoughts ahead of Euro2016, the midfielder joins team-mates Ross Barkley, John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines in the list of Everton's English players who were requested to attend.
Cleverley hasn't played for his country since 2013 and has, in the interim, seen his stock fall at Manchester United and then spent a season on loan with a struggling Aston Villa side under two different managers.
He made a strong and immediate impression after arriving at Goodison Park on a free transfer last summer, however, and has become an important player in Roberto Martinez's team and his improved form has been acknowledged by the national team manager.
Martinez was pleased for the 25-year-old, telling evertonfc.com: “It is great news for Tom. I think he has been in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts for a long time now. Before he signed, Tom was part of the England set-up at that particular moment and he has really good experience in that group.
“I think it is a good idea for the England camp to get together, review what they have done and have their vision going forward.
“From our point of view, it shows the strength that we have with the group of England players we have here, plus one or two others that can help the national team from now until the end of the season.”
Hodgson is busy finalising in his mind the players he would prefer to take to France in June for the European Championships and, in addition to the five Blues invited on this occasion, Aaron Lennon is also hoping his impressive recent form will get him noticed.
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1 Posted 11/02/2016 at 17:34:01
2 Posted 11/02/2016 at 17:36:35
3 Posted 11/02/2016 at 17:58:39
4 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:35:19
5 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:39:23
6 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:39:30
7 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:44:05
8 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:45:15
9 Posted 11/02/2016 at 18:58:58
I remember in the nineties it was big news when one of our players got a call up and it would be the only time I'd have a look at an England game. Seem to vaguely remember Keown scoring a cracker for England when he was still with us?!
10 Posted 11/02/2016 at 19:07:06
Great news for Tom Cleverley though!
11 Posted 11/02/2016 at 19:15:48
There's blinkered and then there's that.
12 Posted 11/02/2016 at 19:19:59
13 Posted 11/02/2016 at 19:49:09
I think he plays really well on the left, strengthens the whole midfield, he can tackle and pass very well. We play better as a team when he is included. His re inclusion in the England set up will only strengthen his resolve and improve him as a player.
I believe he will become a fans' favourite due to his solid dependable displays; I also expect him to score a few goals too.
14 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:03:44
15 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:24:55
I'm a bit baffled by that.
16 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:33:13
Final squad will be around 24. Very much doubt all out boys will make the cut.
17 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:37:38
18 Posted 11/02/2016 at 20:49:13
19 Posted 12/02/2016 at 00:30:19
Walcott, Ox, and Sterling are tough competition for any player, Lennon will need to keep this form up until the end of the season before even being considered.
Cleverly is a tidy enough player, his competition is much seeker, Cleverly is more than capable in a number of roles, if he is to play central, he will be competing for 3 positions with only players at the level of Milner, Henderson and lallana. Better players in his position such as Carrick and Wilshere are injury prone, giving Cleverly a good chance to get involved in the European Championship squad.
20 Posted 12/02/2016 at 02:34:48
21 Posted 12/02/2016 at 06:25:54
23 Posted 12/02/2016 at 09:40:26
24 Posted 12/02/2016 at 10:57:35
25 Posted 12/02/2016 at 11:43:12
Have Jim Jennings and Jim Bennings always existed on here together?
26 Posted 12/02/2016 at 12:06:13
He can't hit a ball, isn't a great finisher and isn't great at working as a team player (something which Lennon is).
Sterling is living off the back of one great season at Liverpool in which Gerrard, Suarez and a fit Sturridge carried him along.
Lennon had been a key player in a very good Tottenham team for 7/8 years and you ask any Spurs fan their opinion of him.
England wingers like Oxlade Chamberlain, Sterling etc, usually flatter to deceive.
27 Posted 12/02/2016 at 12:17:23
Have forgotten Lennon's impact lastseason when he transformed a team that looked to be sleepwalking into a Spring-time relegation battle.?
He's been underused this season mostly down to Deulofeu's excellence but it's no coincidence the team looks more solid and balanced and Coleman looks better for having Lennon there.
Deulofeu is a fantastically skillful player that can change a game but he's also at the moment a flawed genius that over the coming years will need to work on aspects of his game in order to be a true great, such as fitness for a start.
Lennon is not a bad player to come in and take the mantle while Gerry has a breather.
28 Posted 12/02/2016 at 12:37:46
29 Posted 12/02/2016 at 12:38:11
30 Posted 12/02/2016 at 12:50:48
I think it's a totally redundant idea and the sort on non-event that usually ends up with an Everton player picking up a totally avoidable injury. Seriously, what is the point?
31 Posted 12/02/2016 at 13:16:01
Jim B is right about Spurs fans opinion of Lennon too! Never met a Spurss fan with a bad word to say on the lad!
Neither would make my England team:
Walker, Jags, Cahill, Baines
Wilshere, Barkley, Ali
Walcott, Kane, Rooney
32 Posted 12/02/2016 at 13:48:12
In fact I'm fine with him attending as many of these 'you're part of the gang' things as possible.
It's just the actual playing for England in tournaments I'm against, as that's where a player's confidence/hamstrings (etc) are most likely to end up goosed.
33 Posted 12/02/2016 at 14:29:01
34 Posted 12/02/2016 at 15:58:37
37 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:28:16
42 Posted 13/02/2016 at 01:14:40
For Tony Waring's info at #22, assuming he wasn't being tongue-in-cheek, Howie in Ramsey's mind never measured up to Alan Mullery/Peter Storey (go figure if you can) and Bracers was displaced by Ray Wilkins. Given that Bobby Robson picked Reidy it amazed me at the time that he dispensed with Reidy's axle. As Peter said at the time, "Paul does all my running for me!" As far as I could see Raymondo never did his own running, never mind anyone else's.
43 Posted 13/02/2016 at 08:17:16
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