Clyne: I've improved since joining Southampton, but need to shoot more

St Marys Southampton

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne says that he has made major improvements in three areas since joining the Saints.

Nathaniel Clyne says that he has become more confident and better offensively and defensively since joining Southampton.

Clyne moved to St. Mary's in 2012 and he has gone on to become a key player for the side in recent times.

The right-back's form has been a major reason for Southampton's good form so far this season, with his relentless energy proving to be useful in both-boxes and his consistent excellence has earned international recognition.

Clyne was handed his first England call-up this week by Roy Hodgson and the former Crystal Palace man clearly feels this is because of the improvements that he has made at Southampton. 

"I definitely feel I've become a better as player [since joining Southampton], playing with better players," he said to the "I've added much to my game, I'm better at attacking and defending and have grown more as a leader as well.

"I've got more confidence to start having shots at goal - if you don't shoot, you don't score. I've got into the areas where before I might have passed, but now I'm shooting and it's going in for me, which I'm delighted about. Hopefully I can get more goals to my game."

Clyne's inclusion in the England squad has been a long-time coming and he will be looking to make an impression if handed his Three Lions bow.

The new attacking side to his game may need to be on full display too, as England will be expecting to pick up big victories over San Marino and Estonia in the coming week. 

The two international minnows should be brushed aside by a side with England's quality and Clyne should, therefore, get a gentle introduction if he is to play.

The 23-year-old will not be concerned by the low-profile of the opposition, though, and he says it will be a dream to play for his country should the opportunity arise.

"If I get the chance to play it will be a dream come true," he said. 

"It is something I've been dreaming about since I was young, walking out there at Wembley, wearing the badge and hopefully I can put in a good performance.

"I've never played there, so I'm really looking forward to playing there, hopefully."

After the international break Clyne's attention will turn back to Southampton matters.

The South-Coast club have made a brilliant start to the campaign and they will be hoping to build on their momentum when they return to action against Sunderland next weekend. 

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