Danny Rose has become one of the strongest candidates to represent England at left-back in this summer’s Euros.
Rose was singled out for his superb commitment in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Manchester City, putting his body on the line on a number of occasions with the scores level. The 25-year-old was also involved in the Lilywhites’ opener, putting in the cross that hit Raheem Sterling - possibly on the arm - for the controversial penalty.
Plenty to offer
However, at times in the first half, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looked frustrated at the left-back’s final ball, though he was far from the only one who struggled to create concrete chances. His recent performance against Sunderland, on the other hand, proved that he has plenty to offer going forward.
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Rose's is one of several positions which could be up for grabs in Roy Hodgson’s side travelling to the Euros.
Leighton Baines would quite possibly be the favourite to make it into Hodgson’s starting XI because of his experience at international level. If the England boss is to go by statistics, though, he will have plenty to consider; Baines’ Everton have conceded more goals at home than any other team in England’s four divisions, whereas Spurs host the Premier League’s best defence.
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Ordinarily, that might be enough to see Rose onto the plane, but team-mate Ben Davies could potentially throw a spanner in the works.
Much to prove
Pochettino has alternated between Davies and Rose a lot this season, partly because of the latter’s injuries. While that could see both defenders travel to France, with Wales and England respectively – where they would even face each other in the group stage – it could mean that Rose has not quite done enough to be selected, at least not for the starting XI.
Rose should nonetheless be confident of making the squad, even if it is not a foregone conclusion, as he faces competition from the likes of Arsenal’s Kieron Gibbs. Regardless of the competition, he will certainly feature prominently in the minds of England’s selectors, offering the kind of pace and high tempo that the Three Lions have so often lacked at major tournaments.
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