Nathaniel Clyne deserves England right-back position

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Nathaniel Clyne's form and consistency over the last 18 months makes him the perfect choice for a long-term England place.

The Southampton defender has been selected to be part of Roy Hodgson's squad for the first time during the upcoming European Championship qualifiers, and he has the ability to make the right-back spot his own.

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Southampton finished eighth last season and under Ronald Koeman they currently lie third. Clyne has excelled this season and his form has certainly caught the eye of Hodgson this time around.

Consistent performances

Southampton fans were not surprised to see their man receive his first call-up to the full England squad and some even wondered why it had taken Hodgson so long to pick who they consider to be the best English right-back in the Premier League.

Some had even considered the 5ft 9in defender as an outsider for the World Cup with England given his impressive performances and lack of mistakes, but his chance has finally come now thanks to a string of injuries.

Clyne brings consistency, and a high-level consistency at that. The 23-year-old joined Southampton from Crystal Palace in 2012 and his game has improved ever since, especially under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino and now Koeman.

Rarely is Clyne known to have a poor game, with his attacking credentials complimenting the solid defensive skills.

Key strengths

Clyne has forged a reputation as an exciting energetic full-back who loves to get forward to supply the ammunition for his forward line, and an excellent job he does with it. The Southampton man is always willing to get to the byline to deliver a ball for his strikers to feed on.

His pace also allows him to get out of trouble at ease, whilst his energy to get up and down the touchline is a much-needed commodity in the modern game, especially with such importance given to full-backs in recent years.

Clyne now has the chance to make the right-back slot his own, with Glen Johnson only just returning from injury and Kyle Walker still recovering from abdominal surgery, the former Crystal Palace man can use the upcoming matches to stake his claim for a place in the squad on a permanent basis, one he thoroughly deserves.

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