'It came as a surprise' - Southampton ace on international call-up

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne admits that his England call-up came as a surprise to him.

Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne admits that he was shocked to receive an England call-up. 

Clyne has become one of the Saints key players, with his performances in the right-back berth doing enough to convince Roy Hodgson that he was ready to make the step-up to the Three Lions squad.

However, Clyne has revealed that he was not excepting to be given international recognition, despite his good form, and he feels he will need to improve to be able to cope with the step up in class.

"The call up still came as a surprise to me," he said to the Express.

"I am still up and coming in the game and I still need to improve on my game. Hopefully this will be another step for me, to play for England, and hopefully I will improve.

"I am buzzing and I can't wait to get started and join in with the lads. They are world-class players and to see what they are like in training and hopefully I can match up to that."

Despite Clyne's modest approach, there can be no doubt that he has been the best English player in his position this season.

There have been calls for him to receive a call-up for some time now and Hodgson's inclusion of him is well-deserved.

Right-back remains a problem position for the Three Lions with Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker, the usual first two choices, both out injured and Micah Richards out of the country. 

Even so, question marks remain over the trio's abilities at the highest level and there was a feeling that this position could be upgraded. 

Whether Clyne is the right man to fill the spot for the foreseeable future remains to be seen, but he should have a fairly gentle introduction to international football if he does get selected in Hodgson's first-team plans in the upcoming week.

England face fixtures against Estonia and San Marino, meaning the Saints man may have to show more offensive qualities than defensive during his time on the pitch. 

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