'Nathaniel Clyne has been impressive' says Roy Hodgson

Thursday 02 Oct 2014
Roy Hodgson announces England's squad to face San Marino and Estonia

Nathaniel Clyne is celebrating his first senior call after being included in the Three Lions squad to face San Marino and Estonia next week.

The Southampton right-back is one of several changes for Roy Hodgson, who has recalled Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey and Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs.

England v San Marino

European Qualifier
Wembley Stadium
7.45pm Thursday 9 October 2014

Clyne has been knocking on England's door for some time, as Roy Hodgson explained: “He's impressed us for quite a while. Even before the World Cup he was a name we were constantly considering.

“We have lost Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker to injury, John Stones played there the other day, and we were looking for someone else we thought could be a very interesting candidate for the right-back spot. 

"Nathaniel was considered last time and this time he was not only considered, but he was asked to come.”

Shelvey's early-season form with Swansea helped his return after his one and only cap so far, also against San Marino two years ago.

“He's another player like Clyne who is constantly in our thoughts and discussions when we are selecting a team. The way we are looking to play could suit him. 

"He's had an excellent start to the season with Swansea, playing extremely well, and he is here on merit, because of his form and the quality he possesses.”

Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw are not part of the squad, being transferred to Gareth Southgate's Under-21s for the crucial European Championship play-offs against Croatia next Friday.

“They are on loan to the under-21s, if you like,” added Hodgson.

“They belong to the senior squad, have the qualities for that and would be there if it had not been these two very important Under-21 matches.

“I made it clear to them both that come November they will be very serious contenders for the senior squad again.”

Jonjo Shelvey won his only senior cap against San Marino

Jonjo Shelvey, right, won his only senior cap against San Marino in 2012

Daniel Sturridge has been injured since the Switzerland game and Hodgson said: “We hoped he would recover in time, so it is a blow for us, for Liverpool and for the player, because he was very anxious to be a part of these two games.

“Unfortunately the injury has happened and we all accept that. There is no problem or conflict there at all. 

"I understand he still has some work to do before he gets fit, so there was no question of him getting called up.”

But Hodgson welcomes back Sturridge's fit-again Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana, and is buoyed by the form of Danny Welbeck, who followed his two goals against Switzerland last month with a hat-trick for his new club Arsenal in their Champions League victory over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

“It was a really outstanding performance and the way he took his goals was really good. And it was good for Danny's confidence, after two for England in Switzerland, to get a hat-trick in a Champions League game.

“We are happy Danny Welbeck is in form and hoping he will be able to help us like he did in Switzerland”

Roy Hodgson 

“We are happy he's in form and hoping he will be able to help us like he did in Switzerland.”

England continue their European Championship qualification campaign against San Marino on Thursday 9 October and you can still buy tickets for the match at Wembley by clicking here.

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By FA Staff