He was given glowing references by fellow pro's and managers, he wasn't built up by the media, far from it. Hodgson compared him to Fabregas, Rooney called him the future of England, Glenn hoddle wanked over him and many more at the time.
He has dropped of in recent years due to injury in the main.
It's not that hard to understand why he hasn't performed over the last few years.
I don't want to keep him at Everton because he isn't right for us, he will be a cracking player and trainer at Watford though and I wouldn't be surprised if he played for England again before his times up.
Tom Cleverly isn't a glamorous name so I could say anything here and he'd be slagged off.
To compare him to Rodwell is just laughable. In what way are the 2 comparable? Other than the fact they are footballers?