Nathaniel Clyne staking claim for regular England place

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Nathaniel Clyne was rightly rewarded for his superb start to the new season with his full England debut against Slovenia.

The Southampton defender has been easily the most consistent and impressive right-back that Roy Hodgson could have selected for the current international period and now has the chance to stake his claim for the long term.

With a solid first appearance in the 3-1 win over Slovenia at Wembley, Clyne will be hoping for a little more freedom if he keeps his place for the friendly with Scotland on Tuesday night.

Attacking threat

The game against Scotland is one which will draw a large audience due to the rivalry between the home nations, and in a game of that importance, attack might be the best form of defence.

If that is the game plan deployed by Roy Hodgson, Clyne could easily be a key member of the side.

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His ability to cover ground so quickly has shown this season at Southampton and it gives England the potential to use him as an lethal weapon down the right-hand side.

Comfortable surroundings

Clyne will also slot into the England set up straight away thanks to his familiarity with other members of the squad.

Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Rickie Lambert both played with the right-back at Southampton last season, whilst goalkeeper Fraser Forster is a current teammate of the defender.

This will no doubt take the pressure of the new man to fit in and his integration should be seamless, allowing him to be fully comfortable in his new surroundings, allowing him to fully express himself in an England shirt from day one.

This comfortable beginning should help Clyne establish himself as England's first choice right-back for the foreseeable future, especially if he can put in another impressive performance against Gordon Strachan's Scotland this week.

Boost for Southampton

The other thing to consider with Clyne is that his England call-up will only boost his confidence further when he returns to his club.

Although he has been in scintillating form so far this season, that can only mean good things for Southampton.

The energetic full-back, who joined the club from Crystal Palace in 2012, has been one of the South coast club's most impressive performers so far this season and his England cap will no doubt push him on to improve even more.

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