Clyne ‘intrigued’ by Rodgers promise

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2015 11:31

Clyne broke into the England team last season due to his exploits with Southampton, but the 24-year-old is confident he has made the right choice in joining the Reds.

“It just seemed right for me to join Liverpool with the gaffer telling me there’s a spot here for a young right-back like me who is looking to push on in my career,” Clyne told the Guardian.

“He said he could work with me and make me into a better right-back so, yes, I was intrigued and I’ve been told how great this club is. You can see with the team and the quality that we have got, that we could push on and have a special season.

“Liverpool showed the most interest and I’m the kind of player that I want to go somewhere where I am really wanted and I felt that here.”

Clyne, meanwhile, is confident there is no lasting upset after he appeared to snub England manager Roy Hodgson at the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovenia last month when he headed straight for the tunnel.

Hodgson said at the time: “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.”

Asked about Hodgson’s reaction, Clyne said:” I haven’t noticed anything. I thought I just went in with the rest of them, so I’m not sure. Yes, I was disappointed but I don’t think I showed any lack of respect or anything.

“Obviously I was disappointed not to play for the international team. It’s just made me more hungry to play, to push for it and try and get in the team. I feel like I’m good enough and that I should be playing, so yeah I was disappointed but football’s football and hopefully when the next game comes around I will get the call-up and get some game time.

“They do say once you are playing for a big club you get more of a look-in for the international team but when I was playing at Southampton I was getting a look-in.

So, if I can just play as well as I was then, hopefully I can nail my spot as an international.”

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