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Hodgson says Man Utd's Cleverley must learn to handle criticism

England coach Roy Hodgson says Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley must be able to handle the criticism coming his way.

Cleverley has been criticised for his performance in England's draw with Ukraine.

"I'm afraid it's part and parcel of the whole business," said Hodgson. "People need a few other things to write about and talk about other than Steven Gerrard's a good player.

"Its nice when a player like Cleverley, or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on the scene and everyone writes them up.

"The flipside of the coin for them is when it doesn't go quite so well the praise will be replaced by a little bit of criticism and it will be suggested they need more time."

Indeed, Hodgson views Tuesday night's experience just as much part of Cleverley's footballing education as Friday was. And he was not surprised by the dip in form either.

"Friday night was a wonder night for him," said Hodgson. "He is into the team for the second time, starts and has a very good game.

"There is Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other side as well and it was always going to be difficult for them.

"It's only three days after the last game. They've had a lot of praise for their performances but they are still young players who are still getting a foothold in the game.

"It's a big ask, especially when you've gone a goal down, to expect them to get hold of the game by the scruff of the neck and turn it round."

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