Roy Hodgson likens Tom Cleverley to Cesc Fabregas

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Roy Hodgson believes that Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is a similar type of player to Cesc Fabregas.

England manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is a similar type of player to Barcelona and Spain's Cesc Fabregas.

Hogson said that Cleverley, who is likely to start again for England against Ukraine in an advanced midfield role, can play a similar role to a striker, as Fabregas did in the European Championships.

"I suppose you could say Tom Cleverley is an attacking midfield player - but he's an attacking midfield player in the same way Cesc Fabregas is," ESPN quotes Hodgson as saying.

"He plays in that position for Manchester United. He is quite capable of coming back into a central midfield role and winning the ball when necessary.

"Also, he took a bit more responsibility for getting closer to Jermain Defoe and allowing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to get on the ball in deeper positions where they are comfortable."

The 23-year-old has two caps for England.

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