Nathaniel Clyne settled in and ready for his England chance

Tuesday 11 Nov 2014
Clyne trained with England at St.George's Park
Nathaniel Clyne says he is beginning to settle into the England squad as they prepare to face Slovenia and Scotland.

The Southampton defender was called into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the first time last month and is back at St. George’s Park again as the Three Lions get ready for Saturday’s Euro Qualifier at Wembley.

And whilst the former England U19s and Under-21s right-back is still awaiting his senior bow, he admits he’s feeling part of the group as they approach their final games of 2014.

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"I’m feeling settled into the squad, it’s my second time here and I’ve got to know all of the players now," he told TheFA.com.

"It’s been good so far and, last time, everyone made me welcome and I’ve settled down quickly. I’m looking forward to hopefully featuring in the games now."

England have won their first four games in the qualification race for France 2016 and gone five matches without conceding a goal, stretching back to the last match of the summer’s World Cup.

So the ex-Crystal Palace starlet knows he faces a real challenge to get into Hodgson’s defensive line-up at the moment.

But with a double-header of games on the agenda, featuring a trip to play Scotland at Celtic Park next Tuesday, Clyne accepts he might have to bide his time.

"We’re playing ever so well," he said. "We keep a lot of clean sheets and we’re scoring goals as well.

"We’ve been getting the wins and we’re going to look to do the same against Slovenia and then against Scotland, so I just have to wait for my chance."

Armistice Day

Clyne was part of the England group for the two-minute silence at St. George's Park on Tuesday

Clyne also admits he was honoured to have been joined on the pitch at St.George’s Park by England team-mates from the senior, Under-21s, U20s, U19s and Blind teams for a two-minute silence on Tuesday morning.

Players and coaching staff from all five sides gathered at 11am on Armistice Day to pay their respects to those who lost their lives whilst protecting the country.

And Clyne was touched by the way it was respected by both players and spectators alike.

"It was time to remember those who fought for us, it was good to have everyone around there in a circle," he said.

"It was a two-minute silence, which was well observed and something which was important.

"It’s nice that all of the squads were able to stand together there in unity, it was important for us to show our respects."

England face Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening and tickets are still available. Click here for more details.

By Nicholas Veevers at St. George's Park