Cleverley in awe of Carrick
Tom Cleverley is proud to duke it out for a spot in England's midfield with Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick.
The Red Devils duo were named in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Italy in an international friendly in Switzerland on Wednesday.
For Carrick, it has been long wait to return to national set-up having last featured for the Three Lions in May 2010 against Mexico in a warm-up game prior to the World Cup.
Cleverley, however, has forced his way back into the reckoning on the back of his performances for Team Great Britain at the Olympics after an injury-plagued 2011/12 campaign saw him miss out on Euro 2012 selection.
"Michael is a fantastic player, one of the best I'll ever play with," said Cleverley.
"This country must have had some good midfielders if he's only won 22 caps.
"Sometimes you need to see it first-hand with Michael to realise how good he is.
"A lot of clubs have those players who are massively important but go under the radar a bit."
The 22-year-old is looking forward to putting his injury problems behind him this coming season, and believes a strong outing against the Azzurri could set him up nicely for the new term.
"Sometimes you can get frustrated and think I've missed this or that," added Cleverley. "These things happen in football. It's how you bounce back from them.
"There's still a lot I can achieve in my career and I'm not going to let a bad four or five months change that."