Nathaniel Clyne failed to make his recent call up to the national team
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne failed to make his recent call up to the national team count after being utilised only for five minutes in the back-to-back games.
Clyne comes on the back of a very successful campaign with Southampton where he was part of the defence that had the second-best record in the league. This performance earned him a call up to the senior team. He was hoping to maximise his opportunities by featuring a lot of in the match is against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. However, Hodgson selected him for only five minutes in these matches.
The England manager was later questioned about the disappointment forClyne. Hodgson stated that the competition for places in the national team is so intense that players cannot expect to walk straight into the first team on the basis of their form for the clubs. The former Liverpool boss continued with Manchester United full back Phil Jones in this position. Even when Jones had to be taken off, a midfielder was used as his replacement. It is expected that Clyne will be part of the future teams, but he will have to wait for his chance. The 24-year-old has made five appearances for the national team since his debut in 2014.
"Jones is a top-quality player. We have great faith in him and we are very happy with him.We think Nathaniel Clyne is a very good player but I would be disappointed if anyone thought that on the basis of a good season with their clubs they can walk in and demand a place.If I were to play him and leave out Jones there would have been a lot of questions about 'Don't you rate Jones?' and 'Don't you think he's a man of the future?' I didn't notice Clyne walk off [straight after the game],” said Hodgson.