Stats: Should Hodgson be looking at Clyne and Trippier for England?

Burnley FC - Turf Moor

Southampton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Burnley and Everton all have right backs capable of holding their own in the England squad - or do they?

Everton defender John Stones may be edging closer to a consistent place in the England squad, perhaps benefiting from the injury-enforced absence of regional rival Jon Flanagan at Liverpool, but there are seemingly a number of options available to Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.

The veteran coach, 67, has fielded a number of England players - 59 in total - with players like Joe Hart, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all receiving much game-time under Roy's watch.

Yet there may have long been a question over whom his preferred option at right back is - with Glen Johnson competing in the most minutes for Hodgson, followed by Tottenham Hotspur star Kyle Walker, then Stones, Flanagan, Carl Jenkinson and Calum Chambers.

But should Kieran Trippier of Burnley or Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton be getting phone-calls from Hodgson soon?

After all, both have been returning exemplary statistics this season - in the defensive zone and in the final third, which the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil showed is still a fundamental part of group stage success at international tournaments.

Name ClubTouch / appPass AccCross AccKey passDuel Won / appTackle / appFoulsClean SheetAppsMins
Trippier Burnley 78.0 67.3% 21.7% 5 6.6 2.4 1 3 5 450
Johnson Liverpool 74.0 84.8% N/a N/a 2.0 N.a 1 N/a 2 176
Chambers Arsenal 68.4 88.5 50.0% 2 5.8 2.4 6 1 5 343
Clyne Saints 68.4 84.2% 15.4% 2 5.2 4.2 1 3 5 450
Stones Everton 63.3 92.8% N/a 1 6 2.3 1 1 3 244

The under-estimated importance of strong full-back play was once again demonstrated by a number of key athletes throughout the World Cup, as Daley Blind, Ricardo Rodriguez and Serge Aurier all provided a resolute force at the back and a creative outlet up-front.

It is often, where a full back can double up as an auxiliary playmaker - and Kieran Trippier at Turf Moor is replicating this with Burnley as the 24-year-old has been successful in one-on-one duels, returns an average of 2.4 tackles per game, finds the target with at least one of every five of his crosses and has supplied five key passes. The one area that lets him down is overall passing accuracy - a pitiful 67%.

Likewise, Clyne at Southampton has had much to write home about as the Saints defender is frequently found on the ball (68 touches per game, on average), has a good success rate in the pass, has returned two clear goal-scoring opportunities and is a proficient tackler.

Currently, Hodgson perhaps has a selection dilemma in this position as it is also an area where flourishing Arsenal utility Calum Chambers can be fielded, while he only just recently awarded John Stones his first international start.

England are next out at home against San Marino on October 9 and if there were any opposition to experiment against, it would be the visitors, ahead of a trip to Estonia three days later.

Ultimately, the man who wins the shirt in the next match could be the one who performs the best from now until then.

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