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English footballer Nathaniel Clyne currently plays as a right back for the English Premier League club Liverpool besides his regular participation in the England national football team in international competitions. He started his footballing journey with the Crystal Palace club. Clyne participated in four EFL Championship seasons as a player of the Eagles and later moved to fellow EPL club Southampton in 2012. He then spent almost three Premier League seasons with the club.
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After spending his time with Southampton football club, Clyne joined Liverpool for an estimated transfer fee of £12.5 million in July 2015. Besides his Premier League appearances, Clyne represented the English national team at several age levels. He first earned his call-up for the U-19 squad and later promoted to the Under-21 side. He then made a steady progression and earned his spot in the England first team in November 2014. Clyne was a part of the England squad that participated in the UEFA Euro 2016.
Clyne first joined the Afewee Academy founded by Steadman Scott. He started his football training as a winger at Afewee and opted for trials at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Clyne then joined the youth academy system of Crystal Palace in 1999 at the age of just eight. He then made his progression through several age-level squads at the palace and finally earned his call-up for the first team in 2008. Clyne started his professional football journey with the Eagles at the age of just 17.
Clyne made his Crystal Palace first-team debut in a Championship match against Barnsley on 18th October 2008 at Selhurst Park stadium. He then signed his first professional contract with the club on 21st October. The contract made him stay in the club till 2011. Clyne scored his first professional goal for Crystal Palace against Reading on 8th December 2009. While seeing his spectacular performance in the Championship, Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers offered him a move which Clyne readily declined in February 2010. He then participated in every single match of season 2010-11 for Crystal Palace and displayed his spectacular defensive skills. Clyne achieved the Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year award in 2011.
Clyne signed a four-year contract with English Premier League club Southampton for an undisclosed fee on 19th July 2012. He made his debut for the club in a Premier League match against Manchester City on 19th August 2012 at the Etihad Stadium. Clyne made his first home-debut at St Mary’s Stadium against Wigan Athletic on 26th August. He scored his first professional goal for Southampton in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on 22nd September 2012. He then went on to score his first FA Cup goal in the third round match against Burnley on 4th January 2014. Clyne, after becoming a regular member of the Southampton first-squad, scored in the very first match of the season 2014-15 against Liverpool on 17th August 2014 at Anfield stadium.
Clyne, after spending three seasons with Southampton, signed a five-year contract with Liverpool on 1st July 2015. He became a member of the Reds squad with an estimated transfer fee of £12.5 Million. His former club Crystal Palace also made £2.5 Million profit through this deal. Clyne then made his debut for Liverpool in a pre-season friendly against True Thai Premier League All Stars on 14th July 2015 in Bangkok. He made his competitive debut in a Premier League match against Stoke City on 10th August 2015.
Clyne scored his first goal for Liverpool in the League Cup fourth-round match against Bournemouth on 8th October 2015. That was also the first victory of Liverpool under their new and one of the best football managers Jürgen Klopp. Clyne then scored his first Premier League goal for the Reds against Aston Villa on 14th February 2016. He missed almost all of the season 2017-18 after he suffered a horrific back injury during the pre-season tour. Clyne made his comeback against his former club Crystal Palace on 31st March 2018. But he remained as an unused substitute in the comeback match.
After his impressive performance for the U-19 and U-21 team, Clyne earned his first call-up for the English senior squad on 2nd October 2014. He was selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. But he remained as an unused substitute in both the games. While talking about his time on the bench as a reserve, Clyne stated “My aim, now, is to try to make myself first choice for Euro 2016. That’s what I’m going to keep pushing for.” He then made his international debut for England against Slovenia on 15th November 2014. Clyne became an integral part of the team after that and appeared in five out of six Euro qualifiers for England.
Born in Stockwell, London, on 5th April 1991, Clyne is of Grenadian descent. He was almost single-handedly brought up by his mother Ann Clyne. In an interview, Nathaniel stated that his childhood football idol was Gianfranco Zola. The media created a solid buzz after they found the romantic link between Nathaniel Clyne and Supermodel Carla Howe in 2015.
The current estimated net worth of Clyne is around £8.55 Million. And his current Market Value stands at around £18.5 Million. He currently earns almost £70,000 weekly salary from his current club Liverpool.
Besides helping his clubs and national teams to achieve dominant victories over the opponents, Clyne has earned several individual awards in his career till now. Some of the most notable awards that he received till now are as follows: