Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been a key part of his team's success this year, earning himself a call up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in the process.
The twenty-three-year-old defender's rich vein of form looks set to see him start for England in Saturday's match, ahead of Arsenal defender — and Clyne's former Southampton teammate — Calum Chambers.
Such has been Clyne's dominance that he has even kept England's established, though often maligned, right-back Glen Johnson out of the squad. The Liverpool man has only been a bit player at Anfield this year, while Clyne has been an ever-present figure for Southampton, which Hodgson admitted was a key factor in his decision to drop Johnson.
With Clyne seemingly given the nod over Chambers, he is now looking to make the position his own and be England's established right-back by Euro 2016.
"That’s my aim, that’s what I’m going to keep pushing for,’’ he told The Telegraph after Tuesday's training.
"The manager obviously thinks highly of me and I’m being credited for my performances at Southampton. If you play well you get called up," Clyne added.
There can be no denying that Clyne has been playing well either. Along with starting for the highest placed club in the Premiership out of his right-back rivals, statistically he is leaving them dead in the water.
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Clyne dominates both Johnson and Chambers with his number of won tackles, blocked crosses, and crosses he's put in himself. He also has less than half the amount of Chambers' fouls, and only two more than Johnson despite playing for over double the minutes.
In almost every category, Nathaniel Clyne is dominating his rivals for the England No. 2 shirt. He's playing well, and if he does get his chance on Saturday night he seems hungry enough to succeed.
If he does, Nathaniel Clyne could well be England's right back well beyond Euro 2016.