Nathaniel Clyne has admitted his disappointment in missing out on selection for Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad but still believes his time will come.
The 23-year-old was on the verge of being selected for the stand-by list for England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil and has had a sparkling start to the new season.
With other right backs also struggling with injuries, hopes were high at Saints that Clyne would win his first international call-up for the friendly against Norway and the European Championship qualifying match with Switzerland However, he was once more overlooked.
Clyne was honest enough to admit that it was blow but has far from given up hope of forcing his way into Hodgson’s plans in the future.
He said: “I am a bit disappointed that I’m not in.
“I think I’ve done pretty well and especially knowing there are a lot of right backs that have been injured.
“I’ve got to keep performing well and hopefully my chance will come soon. You’ve always got to look at the positives and not the negatives.
“There is stuff I need to work on in my game and hopefully if I can do well I can get the call-up.”
Clyne has had to watch the man he battled with for the Saints right back spot last season, Calum Chambers, get an England nod following his £16m move to Arsenal and is happy rather than envious of his former teammate.
“I was pleased for him. He’s a good lad,” said Clyne.
“He’s made the step up and has done well for Arsenal and deserves his opportunities.
“He’s got a call-up for England and that’s good.
“Hopefully if I keep putting in performances I can make the same steps as him.”
Next up for Clyne and his Saints teammates is a trip to West Ham this afternoon, where they will be looking for their first win of the new Premier League campaign.
“They are a hard-working team. Sam Allardyce always puts out a team to work hard and a physical team,” reckoned Clyne.
“We are preparing for the long ball as well and if we match them then it should be a good game.
“We haven’t got the win yet, even though we have been playing well.
“Against West Brom it was difficult to break them down. They came and sat back.
“When we play against West Ham away we can come out and get them on the counter attack.”