Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne wants England first cap

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Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne insists he is good enough to play for England and hopes to be called up to the next squad so he can earn his first senior cap.

Clyne has played a key role in helping the south-coast club climb up to second in the Premier League table this term under new boss Ronald Koeman.

The 23-year-old has netted twice in all competitions and was rewarded for his fine form with a call up by Roy Hodgson for the last round of international fixtures.

However, the former Crystal Palace defender was an unused substitute for the victories over San Marino and Estonia last month.

England are set to continue on the path to the European Championships when they face Slovenia in a qualifier at Wembley on November 15 before taking on Scotland in a friendly two days later.

Southampton, who are priced at 6.00 to win the Capital One Cup, have kept seven clean sheets in the league this season and Clyne has been an integral part of the rearguard to ensure they can keep marching on.

He hopes that his efforts will be recognised by Hodgson at international level.

Clyne said: “It’s always good to play for your country. If you play well then you get picked up.

“I think I’ve got the ability to play for my country, definitely. I’m playing with lots of confidence.

“Hopefully I can get called up again and receive my first cap.”

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