Stats: Does Nathaniel Clyne deserve England chance?

Nathaniel Clyne is being linked with an England call-up for next week's friendly against Norway after a strong start to the season with Southampton.

The 23-year-old has started the new campaign well under Ronald Koeman and his new-look Saints side, as the right-back netted in their opener at Liverpool before helping the side to a clean sheet against West Brom on Saturday.

His performances have put him in contention for an England call-up as Ray Lewington was sent to St Mary's to watch the former Crystal Palace defender at the weekend.

Kyle Walker is still struggling to recover from a pelvic injury that ruled him out of the World Cup this summer, and although Glen Johnson is fit and playing for Liverpool, Clyne will be hoping that he gets the chance to impress Roy Hodgson when the Three Lions play Norway at Wembley on the 3rd of September.

“It's flattering that my name is being associated with England but I just want to keep working hard.

“I can't lie, I’d have loved to have been called up for the friendlies last season. But I still feel that there are defenders in my position that are better than me at the moment. So I need to improve to get to their level," Clyne told the Daily Mirror.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsAccurate CrossWon Tackle / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsMins
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton DF 2 1 1 3.00 38.50 67.00 180
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 2 0 0 0.50 44.50 74.50 176

The Saints fullback has performed better than Johnson in the two games played so far, and although it is very early in the season, Clyne deserves a chance to impress for the national side.

He has been excellent down the right side for Southampton in both phases of play as he has made an average of three tackles per game so far, compared to Johnson's 0.5 per appearance.

Eric Dier is another young defender who has started the season brightly with Tottenham, though the 20-year-old is more comfortable at centre-back and may come into consideration also.

Clyne is not at the required level to become England's first-choice right-back yet, but he has shown promising signs early on this season and could be set for an impressive campaign under Ronald Koeman.

"Already, the manager [Koeman] and Sammy Lee have given us a clear indication of the way that they want us to play - with the emphasis on attack and we have done well in pre-season.

“I know that they like their full-backs to push on and that suits me down to the ground," Clyne added.

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