Walker names Clyne as biggest rival for England place

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has suggested Nathaniel Clyne is his direct rival for an England place.

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker has told the London Evening Standard he feels Nathaniel Clyne is the player he has to hunt down for an England spot.

The Southampton defender is arguably the best in his position at the moment, but Walker is keen on a return to the national team’s setup after a return to fitness for Tottenham Hotspur.

“The England medical staff have been in touch, checking how I am, so it is fantastic to know I am still in their thoughts,” said Walker.

“Glen Johnson has not been in the squad recently but Clyne has come in and done fantastically well.”

The obvious way Walker can put pressure on England manager Roy Hodgson is to play frequently and play consistently when he’s used by Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham’s exit from the FA Cup means Spurs have fewer games left to play over the rest of the season, but there are going to be plenty of high pressure matches in the Premier League and Europa League for Walker to take advantage of.

It’ encouraging from an England point of view that there is obvious competition at right-back, with Johnson challenged to step up and place pressure on Walker and Clyne.

However, the Spurs man sees the talented Saints star as the player has to try and get the better of over the rest of the campaign.

If Walker can win his England place back then Tottenham will benefit from the confidence he’ll have as a result and through the chance that his game will become further refined playing against the best attacking players in Europe and the world.

For now, he needs to keep his head down, work hard and stay injury free.

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