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Nathaniel Clyne handed first England call-up for Euro 2016 qualifiers

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England manager Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Estonia, and has handed a first call-up to Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

The 23-year-old has been in fine form so far this season, contributing to the Saints' excellent start which sees them currently lie in second place in the Premier League after six games.

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Chance to shine

With the absence of Glen Johnson, Clyne is the only recognised right-back in the 21-man squad, so he could be given his first cap at Wembley next Thursday (9 October) against European minnows San Marino.

In previous England games, we have seen the likes of John Stones and Phil Jones - both natural centre-backs - covering at full-back, so maybe over the course of the next two games Clyne will be given the opportunity to cement a starting place for the Three Lions.

Recalls

Elsewhere in the squad, a recall has been handed to Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, whilst Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is back after injury kept him out of the last set of international fixtures. Manchester United's Luke Shaw drops to the U21s.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana also returns after being out of action for the six weeks with a knee injury.

Another Red, Daniel Sturridge, is still not fit enough to be considered, but Hodgson has decided against calling-up another forward, naming just the three in total.

It was thought the 67-year-old may consider the likes of West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino or Tottenham's Harry Kane, but they are both with the U21 squad in preparation for their important Euro play-off against Croatia.

Fabian Delph keeps his place in the squad after his impressive performances against Norway and Switzerland last time out.

Andros Townsend and Rickie Lambert remain, despite only being rotation options for Tottenham and Liverpool respectively.

England squad

GOALKEEPERS

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

DEFENDERS

Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton)

MIDFIELDERS

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

FORWARDS

Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal)

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