Hodgson must ensure that he doesn't repeat Clyne missed opportunity

England manager Roy Hodgson must start Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne in the upcoming fixtures.

Roy Hodgson must not repeat the same mistake that he made with Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne during the previous international break.

Clyne was called-up to the England squad for the first time last month, as the Three Lions faced Estonia and San Marino, but he did not make an appearance. 

Hodgson decided to pick Arsenal's Calum Chambers over him to start in the right-back berth, but he must ensure that he gives Clyne a chance this time too.

Chambers did not particularly shine in either game, despite the low quality of opposition, and since that international break his form has tailed off domestically too. 

Clyne, meanwhile, has continued to set high standards for Southampton and looks by far the best player that England currently can utilise in the right-back position. He was preferred after all to Chambers at Southampton last season.

Hodgson seems to have concerns with playing players who are not playing for high profile clubs, but he must show faith in Clyne. 

England's qualification campaign is so meaningless, due to UEFA's newly introduced qualifying rules, that every game that the nation play until Euro 2016 is effectively a friendly.

This time around the Three Lions face Slovenia in qualification and Scotland in a non-competitive match and it is the perfect time to test out Clyne on the international stage.

Slovenia should be a side that England are able to brush aside, whilst the Scotland match should be one which feels more competitive than a regulation friendly. 

Right-back has been a problem position for England for some time, but unless Hodgson decides to try someone new there no solution will arise and it could be a major cause for concern at Euro 2016. 

The time for caution with Clyne is over and Hodgson must pick him to start both fixtures coming up, as he is the clear choice to occupy the right-back spot for the foreseeable future. 

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