Ryan Bertrand: I should have been called up by England this season

Ryan Bertrand

25-year-old Southampton fullback Ryan Bertrand, on loan from Chelsea, has been one of the league's top defenders so far this year.

Southampton are having a stellar season in the Premier League, looking the only side capable of replicating the sort of form trailblazers Chelsea have presented in the English top flight.

Riding high in second place, ahead of Manchester City and United, and way ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, so many of the players at the club AND those that have been brought in to St Mary's have shone in the 2014-15 season.

The likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Fraser Forster have both been recognised for their roles in these impressive Saints displays with successive call ups to Roy Hodgson's England side, but one Englishman down on the South Coast isn't sure what he needs to do to earn an opportunity for the national team.

Ryan Bertrand has won two England caps, both under Hodgson, but hasn't been called into the squad since 2012.

“I’ve started the season very well and we’re second in the Premier League, so I don’t know what the criteria are to get in there at the minute," said the fullback.

“I do feel I’ll get a chance if I keep performing for my club - or that’s what I thought - but at the end of the day, it’s not down to me.

“I definitely feel I can still achieve it this season. I feel like I should have achieved it already, so hopefully it will come.

“There are 17 Southampton players going away on international duty, so it will be quiet around here for the next two weeks.

“But it’s a chance for those of us who have been left out, like me, to work on things and come back flying again.”

The ex Reading loanee has both Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs ahead of him for England, as well as former Southampton defender Luke Shaw as competition, but considering that he has arguably been the country's best left back this season, as well as the fact Tottenham's Danny Rose got a call up earlier on in the year, he perhaps has every right to feel a little hard done by.

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