Sometimes human beings disgust me.
Tom Cleverley has been singled out by a keyboard hero who has found another 10,000 brave men and women to sign an utterly pathetic on-line petition. The 24-year-old Cleverley – rather than the misfiring/territory hugging £500k+ per week striker-duo of Shrek and Van Judas – has apparently been singled out for the Mancs’ inability to keep up in the league – even with Spuds and Pool; and therefore he should not play for the national team either. I have never seen anything like it.
Think about all the millions of people who lost their lives in the fight for freedom and democracy, to see it abused so childishly and inhumanely with a pitiable petition. Think about what young Tom Cleverley is going through right now. For us Gooners, this is not too difficult, as we have seen what a lack of support can do to a young and promising footballer: Aaron Ramsey anyone?
It is not important whether Tom is the answer to England’s midfield or not, or whether he is one of the reasons for Moyes United’s dismal season. It is the responsibility of the manager to pick his team and anybody who puts on the shirt should be supported, as long as they give their all.
Luckily, but unsurprisingly, Hodgson has brushed the petition aside:
“I would like to think that I’m not going to have the England team selected in the future by petitions from various people who are holding it against one person for a team’s lack of success.
“You can’t expect a football coach to have any sympathy with it.”
Against Denmark Hodgson should put Cleverley as his first name on the team sheet, and I trust that sanity/humanity will conquer through the unconditional support by the Wembley crowd this evening.