Southampton star targets England first-team role following injury return

Southampton star Ryan Bertrand is targeting a permanent England role following his return from injury, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old was called up by manager Roy Hodgson to represent his country after spending three months on the sidelines due to a minor surgery on both knees.

He revealed that the Three Lions left-back role is currently up for grabs because of injuries to Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw as he hopes to prove himself before their return.

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“It is up for grabs,” he said.

“Even with everyone fit, to be honest, no-one’s nailed it down. It’s not that now people have got a chance because certain people are injured. Everyone was in contention at the start.

“It’s about who really goes in there and grabs it by the scruff of the neck and make it their own. Hopefully it can be me.”

Despite the Everton and Manchester United duo unavailable to feature, Bertrand is still in competition with Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, and West Ham United’s Aaron Creswell.

The England national team are preparing for their last two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, but have already ensured progression into the competition after winning all eight of their previous matches.

Since Ashley Cole’s international retirement ahead of last year’s World Cup, Hodgson is yet to find his preferred first-choice left-back.

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