Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has thanked England coach Gary Neville for helping with his improvements, according to the ​Daily Star.

Neville won 85 caps at right back for England and his knowledge and experience as a coach has been vital for Clyne who has big expectations on him after his £12m to Liverpool.

Clyne said: “Gary helps me with tips on playing at right-back. He gives me his advice.

“He was an experienced player and I’ve learned a few things about the position from him. It’s definitely one of the toughest positions. It has changed, in that we are now regarded almost as being wingers.

“There is a lot of physical work involved in getting up and down the flank – but I like that.”

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This season is a big one for Clyne with the European Championships this summer and a chance to represent his country on the big stage. England breezed through qualifying with a perfect 10 and Clyne insists the team will not fall as easily as previous squads have.

“What’s happened in the past encourages us to do better," he added. “There is hunger and confidence going into the tournament.

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“I’m not sure if there has been a mental block in the past, as I haven’t been to a tournament before.

“Hopefully, I’ll get myself into the squad, then I can experience it and see what it’s all about. I just feel things are getting better and better.

“This so-called new generation has bonded together and we are building a great team.”

Clyne has the chance to move a step closer to his first piece of silverware on Tuesday as Liverpool face Stoke City in the semi-final first leg of the Capital One Cup.

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