Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed his delight at having former Southampton teammate Nathaniel Clyne join him in England squad for the coming week, after the 23-year-old right-back earned his first senior call-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.
Joining the Saints from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2012, Clyne featured alongside Lallana in the club’s lineup for the next two top-flight seasons until the latter’s £25 million departure to Anfield, before earning widespread praise for an impressive start to the 2014-15 campaign under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Posing as a potential long-term answer for the Three Lions at right-back, Lallana believes ex-under-21 international’s call-up is more than deserved, and wouldn’t be surprised If bigger clubs come calling for his services in the near future, much like proved the case with himself last season.
‘I played with him for two or three seasons and he’s always improving,’ he told the Telegraph.
‘He was blessed with great pace, but he’s added a lot to his game: goals, assists, crossing, skill. He started the season brilliantly. I’m delighted he’s got the call-up.
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‘If players are doing well, playing for not so recognisable teams or high-profile teams, there are going to be predators out there or teams who want to invest, especially in young England players,' he added.
‘It’s credit to how Southampton have nurtured their players and invested in young English players. With good coaching and managing, they’ve improved, shone, and got international recognition.
‘It’s just one of those unfortunate things that with them doing so well there’s interest from top European clubs. He just needs to keep playing, keep enjoying it, keep doing well. That will leave him with options.’