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Five out-of-the-box England selections for Roy Hodgson

| 02.10.2014

Ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying group games with San Marino and Estonia, Coral compile five potential picks for manager Roy Hodgson after a number of impressive performances so far this season from previously uncapped homegrown players. Although there is just less than two years until the next European Championship, each name could make a case to be selected in the squad, with the Three Lions 14/1 to win the tournament outright.

Nathaniel Clyne
Southampton right back Clyne has been arguably one of the most consistent Premier League players during the first two months of this season, and new Saints boss Ronald Koeman has described him as the best in his position he has ever coached. He has two goals in all competitions so far, which were remarkably similar in terms of style.

Clyne’s first came against Liverpool in the Saints’ campaign opener, rifling a fierce shot into the top corner from 15 yards out, and the other was a 30-yard piled-river against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup. With current right back options Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker both injured, Hodgson couldn’t wish for a better alternative.

Eric Dier
Another defender with an eye for goal, Dier has adapted well to life in England since his move from Sporting Lisbon, and has netted twice in six Premier League matches. Comfortable with the ball at his feet and capable of playing in a number of positions, he also has fantastic composure in front of goal. He could, in time be the perfect foil for Everton’s John Stones.

Saido Berahino
With four goals in six Premier League appearances, the 21-year-old West Brom striker would be very unfortunate to miss out on being picked, and has undoubtedly been the form English striker so far this season. Daniel Sturridge is still sidelined, and against a weak San Marino side this would be an ideal match for the Baggies man to cut his teeth.

Nathan Dyer
What more does the Swansea star have to do get noticed by Hodgson? Every time Dyer has played well so far this term, his team have won, and is their top scorer with four goals; quite impressive for a winger. His pace would serve England well and, being comfortable with both feet, he can play on either flank. At 26, he still has plenty of time to step up, and certainly gives the Three Lions options.

Aaron Cresswell
Perhaps the most out-of-the-box choice, though the former Ipswich man has been relatively consistent for West Ham, and offered a lot going forward. At 24 he still has plenty of time to progress, though it would be interesting to throw him in at the deep end against San Marino and see how he handles himself.

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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.