England boss Roy Hodgson has warned his youngsters they must learn to accept criticism as well as praise if they are going to reach the top.
On Friday, immediately after England had slammed five goals past
Just to prove how quickly fortunes can change, Cleverley was the man in the firing line for missing two gilt-edged chances against
Hodgson is not one to play the blame game, so there were no accusing fingers being pointed at Cleverley from his direction.
However, there was no
"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
"Its nice when a player like Cleverley, or
"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 the Ukraine experience just as much part of Cleverley's footballing education as Moldova 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."
Hodgson expected others to do that.
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Indeed, having worked so hard to get the Manchester United man to reverse his decision to quit the international scene, he was sparingly used considering
"We like him. We think he's a good player. But he is more likely to replace
"That's no reflection on what we think on Michael.
"If we've got other players coming in to compete for places that's better."
"You could say that I suppose but they've got to beat us over there so let's see," said Hodgson.
"I thought we were certainly good value for our point.
"We would have been very hard done by had we not got something out of the game and we are more than capable of going anywhere in the world and getting results, as we've shown in the past."