It is no secret that in recent years the national side has been lacking stability and solidarity defensively and the injury concerns over Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker meant the only other option for the World Cup was Liverpool mainstay, Glen Johnson.
Meanwhile, in recent international breaks other options have included make do right-sided defenders in Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Calum Chambers, however this could be about to change due to the breakthrough season we have seen in one Nathaniel Clyne for Southampton.
Clyne has impressed for his club this season and has since earned a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England side. He has proven that he is competent and doesn’t mind pushing up the pitch to help out the attack.
At such a young age he is proving to be a real prospect, since the retirement of fellow right-back Gary Neville a few years back England seemed to lack an out and out right-back.
It is a position that seems to get overlooked a lot on the football pitch and is so often filled in by makeshift utility players who aren’t always comfortable in that particular position.
If you can imagine if Southampton didn’t sell any players this past summer they may very well have one of the best defences in the Premier League this season – that’s not to say the current line up isn’t up to standard as they have been performing their socks off!
The potential line up would have gone something like this:
LB – Luke Shaw
CB – Calum Chambers
CB – Dejan Loveran
RB – Nathaniel Clyne
Looking at it like this, in hindsight it is only now people are realising what their team could have looked like, however, Clyne currently plays alongside a top class back four, with the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte and Toby Alderweireld on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Ronald Koeman is working wonders at Southampton this season considering they were tipped by many to go down at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
He has since exceeded expectations and is flying amongst the very elite. They have suffered a minor dip in form of late – most currently losing 0-3 to the hands of Premier league giants and current champions Manchester City.
Clyne is a great example of what promising young talent the Saints have got at the club and what a prospect he could prove to be at international level for England in years to come!