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Why Hodgson shouldn’t have picked Arsenal man over Clyne

Roy Hodgson made an error by selecting Arsenal's Calum Chambers ahead of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne in the recent internationals.

Roy Hodgson's selection of Arsenal's Calum Chambers over Nathaniel Clyne is both England's recent games appears a baffling selection.

Chambers has made an encouraging start to life as an Arsenal player, but Clyne was the obvious selection for the right-back berth and Hodgson's failure to utilise the Southampton man is nothing short of staggering.

Clyne has been the most in-form player in his position in the Premier League over the opening weeks of the campaign, and Chambers's inclusion ahead of him is simply not justified. 

The 19-year-old has the talent to be an England regular for some-time, but his future is unlikely to be at right-back.

Chambers had admitted that he prefers playing in the centre of defence, whilst Arsene Wenger commented that he sees him becoming a central-midfielder in the future. 

Clyne, however, is an out-and-out right-back and could have offered Hodgson a solution to a problem which has plagued the team for some time.

With Glen Johnson often exposed at the top level of international football and Kyle Walker currently out injured, there was a big opportunity for Hodgson to test a new right-back out, but he failed to try that.

Clyne could have been given a gentle introduction against Estonia and San Marino, but instead Hodgson still does not know how he will perform on the international stage.

At 23, the Saints full-back has a glistening future, but he has missed a big chance to make his Three Lions debut.

Chambers struggled in both matches, despite the low-class of opposition, and it is hard to see exactly what Hodgson gleaned from his inclusion in both games. 

It is yet another error from a manager who is coming under constant criticism, despite England's winning form in qualification, and it could be a costly mistake in the future. 

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