First England call for Saints defender Clyne

By SFC Media time Thu 02 Oct First team

Nathaniel Clyne has been called up by England for the first time, joining Saints teammate Fraser Forster in the squad for this month’s UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers.

The pair have been selected for games against San Marino and Estonia as the Three Lions look to build on their opening-round win over Switzerland.

23-year-old Clyne has previously represented his country at under-19 and under-21 levels, and his early-season Saints form has now seen him selected by the seniors for the first time.

England manager Roy Hodgson said of Clyne: “He’s impressed us for quite a while. 

“Even before the World Cup he was a name we were constantly considering, but of course there were other people who we considered perhaps to be in front of him.

“He was a player we thought was very interesting now we’ve lost Glen Johnson  and Kyle Walker. 

“John Stones played there the other day and we were looking for someone else that we thought could be a very interesting candidate for the right-back post, and Nathaniel – who was considered last time, before the last two matches – this time was not only considered but was asked to come.”

Forster, meanwhile, retains the place he has held in the England squad since being called up for the first time two years ago, and will hope to build on the two caps he has received to date.

San Marino are first up for Hodgson’s men on Thursday 9th October at Wembley Stadium, where matters get under way at 7.45pm BST.

The squad then travels on to Tallinn, where they will face Estonia at the A. Le Coq Arena on Monday 12th October at 5pm BST.

The pair will then return to Hampshire ahead of Saints’ Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland that weekend.

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