Clyne and Saints face Manchester United today.
"I have always looked up to him. He is the best," Clyne told the Sunday Express. "He is the same height and build as me and has been the one who inspired me.
"I am very ambitious. I want to be competing for titles and to push into the England first team.
"Once we all gel together here I think we will get a few points and cause some upsets. There are some quality players coming and I think we will do well."