Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has suggested Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne will become England’s primary right-back for years.
Clyne is thought to be battling against Calum Chambers for a starting place in the England line-up against San Marino tomorrow night as Roy Hodgson’s team look to back up their 2-0 win against Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualifying.
“I’ve been praising Clyne for years. He’s the best defensive right-back there is.”
“He’s done it the right way as well. He stayed at Crystal Palace, when he could have left, and played a couple of hundred games. Then he moved to Southampton and now he’s with the England team.”
“He’s such a level headed lad, I’m delighted for him. Once he's given an opportunity, whether it’s against San Marino or anybody else, Roy will see [how good he is]. He’ll become a [permanent] fixture over the next few years.”
Many considered Clyne unlucky to be overlooked for the last international break, but it’s now up to him to make the most of his opportunity when it comes along.
Fortunately for Chambers, he’s already proved at Arsenal this season that he can play in several different positions as well as right-back.
He started in the middle of Arsenal’s defence when Per Mertesacker wasn’t fit and Arsene Wenger has also revealed his belief that he can play in a holding midfield role in front of the back four.
The major worry for Saints fans was always going to be how they would cope when Chambers left, but Clyne has been a measure of consistency for the side under Ronald Koeman this season.
If he stays fit then not only will England benefit over the next 12 months, the Saints will have a great chance of maintaining a high league position for the rest of the season.