Part of the solid Southampton defence that has conceded a mere 22 goals in 32 matches, Ryan Bertrand has been a key player at the South Coast club since signing from Chelsea last summer.
With Southampton team-mate Nathaniel Clyne being rewarded for his fine form with regular England call ups, Bertrand has had to be a lot more patient, with international competition fierce at left back.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Ryan Bertrand has told England boss Roy Hodgson that his Premier League form means he should be a automatic choice in his squad.
Southampton’s 2-0 win over relegation strugglers Hull at the weekend was their 15th clean sheet of the season. A key part of the best defence in the league, Bertrand is clearly becoming increasingly frustrated with the England boss.
Currently stuck behind Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Kieran Gibbs and Danny Rose in the pecking order for an England spot, injuries allowed Bertrand a chance to impress in the recent friendly against Italy.
However, Kieran Gibbs was preferred from the start, with Bertrand only managing a late cameo. Speaking about his recent call up, Bertrand revealed that he sees himself as a regular fixture for his country.
“The international break was different – it went from one extreme to the next, but it was good to get back in the frame and get back in the door.
“And of course it was good to get on the pitch at the end, even though it was very brief.
.@ryanbertrand3: “I’m confident enough to know that I should be in there, but I don’t pick the team so I’ll just keep playing”
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) April 13, 2015
“It’s down to the manager – whoever he wants to pick, it’s his decision. I’ll just concentrate on my game because I’m confident enough to know that I should be in there, but I don’t pick the team so I’ll just keep playing.”
With Everton’s Leighton Baines currently the favoured choice for England, and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs not even first choice for their clubs this season.
With this in mind, it’s hard to see how Bertrand has not got more chances at international level this season. With the young defender clearly keen to show Hodgson what he’s missing, he’ll be hoping that his fine form for Southampton will keep him in the frame for a spot at Euro 2016.
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