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Tom Cleverley has England hopes after Aston Villa switch

By Nick Mashiter

Tom Cleverley has targeted an England recall after completing his last-ditch switch to Aston Villa.

The midfielder moved to Villa Park on a season-long loan from Manchester United after the Premier League sanctioned the deal.

Villa made a late move before the transfer deadline after initially calling off a permanent deal on Monday because of the player's wage demands.

They then had to wait to see if they had completed the paperwork on time before the move was confirmed yesterday.

Cleverley was out of favour at Old Trafford and has also lost his place in the England squad after playing in seven of their 10 World Cup qualifiers.

Cleverley, who was left out of the Three Lions World Cup squad this summer, wants to force his way back into boss Roy Hodgson's plans.

"I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team," the 25-year-old, who has 13 caps, said.

"The thing I am concentrating on though is trying to come in and hit the ground running so I can help Aston Villa.

"Playing football is what matters most to me and I'm looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do."

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