Cleverley welcomes Scotland test
Tom Cleverley believes a friendly against Scotland will provide the perfect preparation for England's crucial remaining World Cup qualifiers.
England trail Montenegro by two points in their Brazil 2014 qualifying group with four games remaining, which come in two double-headers in September and October.
Roy Hodgson's men do have a game in hand over Montenegro but with the Group H leaders still to visit Wembley and tough-looking assignments against Ukraine and Poland ahead, there is little margin for error.
The revival of football's oldest international rivalry at the national stadium on Wednesday - with the fiery atmosphere that is likely to accompany it - could therefore be just the warm-up the country needs.
Cleverley, speaking at an event with Vauxhall, the England lead sponsor, said: "It is an important friendly to have because we have two really important games next month.
"We will expect a tough test. We know some of the players from the Premier League and any England-Scotland game will be a fierce game. I don't think it will be a friendly anyway.
"It is a game we all want to win. There will be a great atmosphere there on Wednesday night.
"It is a perfect friendly warm-up game for our World Cup qualifiers next month."
England host Moldova and travel to Ukraine next month before the critical Montenegro fixture in October and then the final match of the group programme against Poland.
Manchester United's Cleverley, a feature in the England side throughout last season until missing the May friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil through injury, hopes to play a full part.
The 24-year-old said: "I have got some good games to look forward to and hopefully I can be part of them all.
"It is an exciting start of the season for me.
"Last season was great for me. To play 30-odd games in a title-winning season (for United) and then nine games for England was fantastic, but hopefully this one can be better.
"I have got plenty of opportunities to establish myself and better last season, with all the trophies up for grabs and qualification for the World Cup. I am looking forward to it."
Having been brought into the England fray by Hodgson post-Euro 2012, qualification for the World Cup would give Cleverley the opportunity to play in a first senior international tournament.
That is a prospect that is already exciting the midfielder and is fuelling his determination to help ensure England get there.
He said: "It is the pinnacle of international football, something you dream about as a kid.
"We have got to get there first, obviously, and I have got to impress the manager enough for him to play me.
"There is a lot of hard work to go into it but we are confident and hopefully we can be there next summer and I can take it all in on the way."