'He's top draw' - Lallana backs former Saints teammate's England call-up

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Liverpool's Adam Lallana has spoken out in support of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne's England call-up.

Adam Lallana has backed his former Southampton teammate Nathaniel Clyne to make an impression in his time with the national team.

Clyne has been called up to the Three Lions' squad for their fixtures against Estonia and San Marino in the coming week and Lallana feels that it is well deserved.

"I've played with him for a couple of years at Southampton and he's improved a lot over the two years and thoroughly deserves his call up," he said during a press conference today. 

"He's started the season really well and he's a top draw player. I'm really excited and happy for him and hopefully he will, do well when he is given a chance."

Lallana and Clyne were two of Southampton's key players as they climbed up the Premier League into eighth position last season.

Over the summer, though, Lallana left to join Liverpool and he has gone on to watch his former side actually make a better start than the Reds.

Liverpool may have finished in second last year, but Southampton have been more impressive over the opening to this campaign and Clyne has been integral to this form.

The right-back has chipped in an attacking and defensive point of view - with his energy down the right hand side helping to cause problems for a host of opposition sides.

He is now hoping to carry this promising form into the international set-up, as he looks to seize his opportunity for England.

Clyne has a chance to make the right-back spot his own with Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson out injured, but he will need to adapt instantly if he is to do so and the two upcoming fixtures should ease him into international football nicely. 

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