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Report – Roy Hodgson doubts Nathaniel Clyne for England

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After being an unused sub for England’s game against Spain on Friday, Nathaniel Clyne could continue to be overlooked by Roy Hodgson in future.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hodgson apparently has such doubts over Clyne – and Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker – that he is contemplating playing Everton centre-back John Stones at full-back at next year’s European Championships instead.

The report, by the Mirror’s John Cross, states that Stones “has the experience there” to play full-back. Forgetting that that experience included being regularly out of position and absolutely annihilated by Suarez and Sturridge in the 4-0 Merseyside derby in 2013/14.

Cross also writes that England “have a wealth of options in central defence with Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and Phil Jagielka” – clearly missing the word “poor” before “wealth of options”.

But Hodgson opting to overlook Clyne and play Stones out of position wouldn’t come as a surprise, after all, this is a manager who signed Paul Konchesky to play full-back for Liverpool and wanted to sign Carlton Cole up front.

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