Nathaniel Clyne beat Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon in the final of last year’s FIFA 16 celebrity competition, but thinks that he faces the biggest threats to his status as the best at the game from the Liverpool dressing room.
The Reds full-back has been an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying side this season as they sit in fourth place in the Premier League after picking up 16 points from their opening seven games.
He has found success on the virtual pitch equally easy to come by and still loves to relax by spending time on the latest instalments of the popular gaming franchise.
“I am not quite addicted to FIFA, but I do play it quite often to be honest,” Clyne, speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 17, told Goal. “I play against my friends online and when they come around, mostly.
“I think I am the best at Liverpool, but Alberto Moreno is very good as well. He could be a contender for my title [Laughs].”
Clyne, who featured at Euro 2016 for England, will miss the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Malta and Slovenia due to a knee injury, but revealed how he spends his spare time when he is away with the Three Lions.
“On internationals, we don’t have as much time to play FIFA… we play more table tennis and this virtual golf game that we have,” he added. “You have a mat and a golf club and we see who can hit their drive the furthest, like that. I think Vardy is possibly the best at that one.”
He admitted that he is now the second quickest in the Liverpool dressing room after the summer capture of Saido Mane, who he believes should have the infamous 99 pace stat on FIFA 17, while he also wanted to reveal the contenders with England.
“I think I am in the top three quickest with England, along with Kyle Walker and Theo Walcott.”