Tom Cleverley hopes his season-long loan move to Aston Villa from Manchester United can help him get back into the England squad.
The midfielder’s move to Villa Park was only announced on Tuesday as the Midlanders were waiting on confirmation from the Premier League that all the paperwork had been completed on time on deadline day.
Cleverley’s progress at Old Trafford has stalled in the past 12 months and he has taken plenty of flak from fans for United’s disappointing campaign under David Moyes.
It looked like he was set to stay at United until January at least before the Villa deal was made public, and now Cleverley is determined to take his new chance and kickstart his career while grabbing the attention of England boss Roy Hodgson in the process.
“Hopefully I can get back in the England team,” he said. “I have got to get back playing.
“Playing football is what matters most to me and I’m looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. Villa is the kind of club where I can do that.”
Cleverley was also targeted by Everton on deadline day with Blues boss Roberto Martinez a big fan of the 25-year-old following their time together at Wigan, but the Merseysiders failed to get a deal across the line.
The former Watford loanee has just under a year left on his United contract and is expected to move on permanently next summer.
He should make his Villa debut following the international break when Paul Lambert’s side aim to continue their good start to the season at Liverpool on September 13 (Liverpool 1.24, Villa 10.94, draw 5.81).