Southgate explains why he picked Spurs ace over Man Utd player

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Dom Le Roy

Gareth Southgate recently announced England’s preliminary 27-man squad for the UEFA Nations League finals (BBC). The Three Lions will take on the Netherlands in the semifinals on the 6th of June at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal.

If England overcome the Dutch, they will play the winner of the other semifinal tie between Portugal and Switzerland, for the honour of being named the first ever Nations League champions.

On the whole, Southgate has shown faith with the players who have played well to take England to the semifinals. As many as six Spurs players are part of the squad, namely Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose.

When he was asked to justify the inclusion of Rose and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell in the squad ahead of Man Utd’s Luka Shaw, Southgate insisted that both players have been excellent for England recently.

According to Football.London, he said, “We are blessed with so much talent in that department. Both Chilwell and Rose have been committed for England.”

When asked if it was a difficult decision to pick the pair, Southgate said, “No. Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose have been excellent for us so they are ahead in the pecking order. But it gives us a lot of good options.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Danny Rose’s form may have suffered the last couple of season due to fitness and other off-field issues but when he is fit and firing, there aren’t too many full backs better than the 28-year-old.

Now that he has a run of games under his belt, we are finally starting to see the real Danny Rose again. We at Spurs Web believe the club should keep Rose beyond the summer if he is willing to stay.

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  1. Could not agree more with you on Rose. I think he is quite literally a firecracker on the field. When he is healthy he gets after the ball all over the pitch and he can also be a threat going forward. However, his one major concern is health and always has been. If he cant get on the pitch he cant help us so, while I would certainly love to see him continue to play in the lilywhite uni, I don’t want to continue to use a place in the squad for a person who wont play.

  2. Rose over Shaw for me is a complete no brainer! A more complete and dynamic wing back in every sense, Rose is hands down the better and more experienced player. Danny has also demonstrated thaqt he’s more than capable of playing midfield when required and that level of versatility can only be a good thing for England. In all honesty I’m astonished that Southgate feels the need to offer any explanation as to why Rose gets the nod over Shaw or any other left (wing) back, surely he must be odds on to start against Holland?


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