Watford manager Roy Hodgson has explained why Danny Rose has not come into consideration for selection since he took charge of the Hornets.
Hodgson was appointed as Watford‘s new boss towards the end of January on a deal for the remainder of the current campaign, having replaced Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked after three-and-a-half months in charge
The former Tottenham Hotspur left-back signed a two-year deal with the Vicarage Road outfit in the summer as a free agent having left Spurs after fourteen years at the club (Watford).
Rose was frozen out by Ranieri in January, having reportedly been told that he would not play for the club again and was made available for an exit in the winter transfer window which failed to materialise (Sky Sports).
Rose is said to have been reluctant to leave and refused to be forced out, with one-and-a-half years still left on his current deal (Daily Mail).
Hodgson hinted that he would have liked to have called upon Rose, who is training on his own but the decision is out of his hands.
He told The Athletic: “I came in and was given a list of players.
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“These are the ones we expect you to work with and Dan (Rose) was unfortunately not on that list and I was told he is training separately and is not going to be involved with the club.
“And I was in, and am in, no position to question that. I met Danny, as I know him of course, and had a brief conversation and all I could say to him was that this has got nothing to do with me, it’s you and the club and this is what has been decided and this is what I’m doing so unfortunately you will have to accept the fate that has been dealt to you.”
It is a shame to see Rose once again on the sidelines, when at 31 he should be playing week in, week out.
The defender did not feature for Tottenham in the last 18 months of his contract and it appears to be a case of history repeating itself once more.