Southampton’s Bertrand hoping for England recall

Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand hasn’t given up hope of returning to the England squad despite being overlooked by Roy Hodgson for the group to play Slovenia and Scotland, the Daily Mail has reported.

Bertrand moved to the south coast over the summer, on loan from Chelsea with a view to a permanent move. The 25-year-old has two senior England caps, both won under Hodgson in 2012, but Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs are the two left-backs picked by the manager for the upcoming internationals, which means Bertrand is one of the few Saints players not away over the international break.

“It will be quiet here these next two weeks, but it’s a chance for those of us who are left out, like me, to work on things and come back flying again,” he said.

“[I’m] very [disappointed]. I’ve started very well this season, we’re second in the league, so I don’t know what the criteria is to get in there at the minute,” Bertrand continued. “[Will I get another chance?] Yeah, definitely. That’s what I thought. But, at the end of the day, it’s not down to me. I feel like I should have achieved that already, so hopefully it will come.”

Fraser Forster and Nathaniel Clyne, two of Bertrand’s club colleagues, are in the squad, while ex-Southampton players Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, who left the club over the summer, are also involved, as are Theo Walcott, Arsenal’s ex-Southampton pair.

Bertrand has made 12 appearances for Southampton under Ronald Koeman, scoring in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in late September and helping the club to second place in the Premier League table after 11 games.

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