A petition to ban Tom Cleverley from representing England has received more than 4,000 signatures in less than one day.
The under-fire midfielder has found himself under pressure from Manchester United fans for his performances this season, and it appears that England supporters are no more enthused about the prospect of him being in their team.
Despite fierce criticism of his club performances from inside and outside Old Trafford, Cleveley was named in Roy Hodgson’s 30-man squad for next week’s friendly against Denmark.
That has prompted thousands of fans to take action in a bid to ensure that the 24-year-old does not go to this summer’s World Cup.
Glenn McConnell, from Blackpool, who started the petition, wrote: “We believe for the reputation of this proud footballing nation that he should be prevented from participating in this summer’s international showcase.
“Whilst England are considered to disappoint at major tournaments, further embarrassment could be avoided by not having his inept performances undermine the rest of the team’s efforts.
The petition calls on the FA to ban Cleverley being named in the World Cup squad.