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Competition motivates England: Clyne

Press AssociationPress Association 29/05/2016 Carl Markham

England defender Nathaniel Clyne insists the squad are relishing the competition for places ahead of Euro 2016.

The Liverpool right-back played 90 minutes in the 2-1 friendly win over Australia at the Stadium of Light on Friday but knows he faces a battle with Tottenham's Kyle Walker for the first-choice spot at the tournament in France.

He believes his situation is one replicated throughout the squad and it provides a motivating factor for all.

"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."

Clyne has had a long season already with Liverpool courtesy of a run to the finals of both the League Cup and Europa League and after disappointment in both he is keen to end the campaign on a high.

"This is what you see as a little kid when you watched England on TV so I am looking forward to it and hopefully it will be a good tournament," said the 25-year-old.

"I've been through losing two cup finals, which is disappointing, but it urges me on to do better and try to win this time."

The European Championships kick off in Paris on June 10.

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