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Danny Rose backs Arsene Wenger for England job

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The divide between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal has seemingly never been greater than in the last few years.

Both clubs appear capable of winning the Premier League title, meaning much more than bragging rights will be on the line when the two teams meet later this season.

Understandably, fans expect their respective players to be just as intense with their disdain for the other side as they are but it appears Danny Rose didn't get that message.

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The Tottenham left-back, currently on international duty with England, was asked what he thought about Arsenal's legendary manager Arsene Wenger being linked with the job.

With his contract up at the end of the season, there is a genuine chance that the 66-year-old could leave Arsenal after 20 years in the job. Having rejected the Football Association a number of times in the past, one final offer could be the most tempting yet.

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And Rose hopes the Frenchman does decide to take his first job in international management this summer, saying he could "do wonders" for a team still in turmoil following a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

Breathtaking football

He told Standard Sport: “I’d welcome whoever is being linked with the job. What he’s done for Arsenal over the last 20 years has been brilliant, the football that Arsenal play is breathtaking to watch at times.

“If he was to ever become manager of England that could certainly do wonders for the country.

“It would be great to have a manager like him with all the experience he has got. I’d be all for that.”

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Grown-ups

The comments obviously drew plenty of curiosity from the assembled journalists, who clearly saw the potential repercussions of waxing lyrical about Tottenham's arch-rivals. But Rose rejected the insinuation that he would struggle to play under Wenger's tutelage simply because of his connection to the Gunners.

“There are Arsenal players in the England camp, it doesn’t mean that I don’t speak to them.

“My best friend in football is Danny Welbeck and he plays for Arsenal so just because Arsene Wenger has been manager of Arsenal, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s about having the best man for the job.”

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Southgate's credentials

Rose was also keen to point out that caretaker manager Gareth Southgate could be the right man for the job, revealing that he has been impressed with what he’s seen and heard about the 46-year-old so far.

He thinks Southgate's experience with the Under-21 side, in which he won the Toulon tournament is evidence that he could be a worthy successor to Sam Allardyce.

“That definitely is a big help to him in this job,” he said. “He is the first coach to win the Toulon tournament for 22 years.

“I played in three Under-21 tournaments, got to the final of one of them and didn’t come close in the other two.

“People may not think so, but they are massive tournaments and are not easy to win. For example, when I played, teams like Spain had players like Juan Mata and Bojan in the squad.

“For the manager to win that, it shows the qualities he’s got and it can only bode well for the squad and us as a nation."

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Arsene Wenger
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