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Liverpool defender Clyne motivated by England competition

Nathaniel Clyne says he is buoyed by the amount of competition there is for places in the England squad.

The Liverpool defender is vying for a starting right-back berth alongside Tottenham's Kyle Walker and admits the battle for a place in Roy Hodgson's XI has him highly motivated as Euro2016 looms near.

"There are players fighting for positions all over the pitch when they get an opportunity to show what they can do and that is healthy," he said.

"I think it is good as it keeps everyone on their toes and keeps everyone fighting for positions - everyone wants to be hungry and has a determination to get themselves into the squad.

"I think everyone is focused on trying to get themselves into the squad. Everyone is working hard in training and in matches to try to get into the team.

"Unfortunately there will be three people dropping out but the competition is healthy.

"It will be sad for the players to be told they will not be going with the squad but there are a lot of players who also didn't get picked.

"But England have a strong team and hopefully they can do well at the tournament."

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