Ryan Bertrand deserves England recall

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Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand's impressive start to the new season should see him considered for a full England call-up.

Teammate Nathaniel Clyne was drafted into Roy Hodgson's squad for this week's European Championship qualifiers, and Bertrand has been equally as impressive on the opposite side as his Southampton colleague.

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Having joined Southampton on an initial loan deal from Chelsea in the summer, the left-back has replaced Luke Shaw in the Saints defence and has been one of their top performers so far.

Impressive start

Bertrand has made a strong start to life on the South coast, contributing a goal and an assist in his opening seven Premier League matches.

Much like Clyne, the 25-year-old has the energy to bomb forward and put in some dangerous crosses, making Southampton a real force down either flank with both Englishman on either side.

Bertrand is also accomplished defensively and his time playing in the Champions League with Chelsea has made him into a tough and competitive defender.

Tough competition

The only stumbling block for Bertrand in his pursuit of an England call is the competition for his position.

Everton's Leighton Baines was first-choice at this summer's World Cup and Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and Manchester United's Luke Shaw all seem to be ahead of the 5ft 10in defender.

With such high-profile players ahead of him, the challenge for Bertrand will be maintaining his superb start to the season, and if he can add a high level of consistency to his game like his club mate Clyne, then his chance might come along after all.

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