Garth Crooks praises Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne

Garth Crooks has praised Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Nathaniel Clyne was on the losing side for the Capital One Cup final, but his performance has received plaudits.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks selected him in his team of the weekend, believing he has all the attributes to be a success at international level for England at Euro 2016 this summer despite, his his opinion, lacking quality in possession.

Crooks said: "Nathaniel Clyne stood up to the test. Clyne might not be the most gifted player with the ball at his feet but what he lacks in technical ability he makes up for in his endeavour, commitment and all-round competitive nature.

"All of those attributes were visible at Wembley and they will serve him well in the forthcoming European Championships for England, when it will be all about coping with the pressure."

Clyne is in a battle with Tottenham defender Kyle Walker to be selected at right-back this summer, with the Spurs man returning to form this season and putting in another impressive display at the weekend.

He is in his first season at Liverpool after joining from Southampton but appears to be a player the club can depend on for years to come, often shining despite poor displays from centre-halves.

Clyne was booked early in the second half against City but kept his discipline to avoid further sanctions from the referee, and made 92 touches - more than any defender on the pitch.

He completed 76 per cent of his passes, making four tackles, two interceptions and two clearances.

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