Two tackles, one dribble: The stats behind Saints youngster's international debut

Clyne Tackles Gervinho

Southampton's England new-boy Nathaniel Clyne impressed on his international debut versus Slovenia.

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne was given his first cap by Roy Hodgson for their European Qualifier at Wembley, and they stretched their lead at the top of Group E.

A penalty from captain Wayne Rooney followed by a Danny Welbeck brace brought England from a goal behind to take their winning streak to five on the bounce.

  PositionTeamMins
Nathaniel Clyne RB England 90

In a lacklustre first period, the Southampton youngster showed flashes of brilliance, pushing forward well to aid the Three Lions in attack. He played a more disciplined role after half-time, with Roy Hodgson pushing Raheem Sterling pushing out wide to stretch his preferred diamond system. 

He offered more of a threat than Calum Chambers - Roy Hodgson opted for the Arsenal-man ahead of him in the previous round of international fixtures - in the final third and he defended well. Clyne accumulated 58 touches in total, completing one dribble and supplying three crosses from the right flank. 

  CrossesDribblesTouches
Clyne 3 1 58

Meanwhile, his exploits in defence saw him make two tackles, two clearances and one interception. 

  TeamPass Success (%)Apps
Clyne England 76 1
Clyne Southampton 80 11

Nonetheless, his passing proved below-par, as he proved accurate with just 76% of his 46 attempts to find an England team-mate; a disappointing statistic considering he has averaged an 80% completion rate for Southampton so far this term.  

Clyne described making his debut at Wembley as one of the best experiences of his life.

“It was probably one of the best days of my life,” he said in comments published on Southampton's official website.

“It is what I’ve been dreaming about ever since I was a little boy, playing for England, and I got to do it today", he said. “It is a great feeling to come out here and play at Wembley for England. It is a proud moment for me, my family and my friends."

It was a solid debut display for the Southampton defender, who now has a real chance to stake his claim at right-back with Roy Hodgson facing a shortage of genuine quality in that position.

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