Clyne: One of the best days of my life

By SFC Media Sat 15 Nov First team

Saints defender Nathaniel Clyne says making his debut at Wembley for England on Saturday was one of the best experiences of his life.

Roy Hodgson’s side beat Slovenia 3-1 to maintain their 100 per cent start to UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying, with Clyne winning his first cap at right-back.

Speaking to after the game, the Saints defender said it was something he’d be dreaming about since he was young.

“It was probably one of the best days of my life,” he said. “It is what I’ve been dreaming about ever since I was a little boy, playing for England, and I got to do it today.

“It is a great feeling to come out here and play at Wembley for England. It is a proud moment for me, my family and my friends.

“It was a great experience lining up with the lads, singing the national anthem, getting prepared for the game. I enjoyed playing today and I’m looking forward to playing more.

“I was a little bit nervous. I’m not going to lie, but as I got myself out onto the pitch the nerves went and it turned out to be a normal game of football.”

The 23 year-old added that he just tried to play exactly the same way he has been for Saints, which is what impressed Hodgson to call him up for the first time last month.

Clyne was also pleased to play his part in an important three points, adding: “It was a great team performance, we created a lot of chances. We didn’t get the goal in the first half, but we re-grouped in the second half, got the goal and won the game.

“Once we conceded a fluke of a goal, we got our heads together, went up another gear and Slovenia couldn’t handle it.

“I tried to play my normal game, as it is my normal game that has got me this call-up. If I played how I play for my club, I knew it would be good enough.

“We’ve won all our games so far and we’re looking to win again in our next one – the Scotland friendly – so hopefully we can do the same.”

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