Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has been speaking to the London Evening Standard about his current form and his chances of playing for the England national team.
Rose has 25 appearances for Spurs this season and is clearly Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back ahead of summer signing Ben Davies. But he thinks he has a long way to go before earning senior international recognition.
“I’m going to be honest,” Rose said. “I don’t see myself anywhere near the international squads.”
It is refreshing to hear a player assess his own performances with such candour, and the Tottenham full-back added, “Am I playing well enough to be in the squad? I’m not sure. I know I’m more consistent than last season, when I was a bit hit and miss, and I’m trying to put that right.
“I can do that by limiting the mistakes I make or trying to chip in with a goal or an assist here and there, so I’ve improved from last season,” he added.
Rose is a player who divides opinion among Tottenham supporters given the fact that he can be very effective going forward but whose defensive abilities have come under the spotlight.
Rose’s contribution in Tottenham’s latest result – a 2-2 draw with West Ham United – was clear for all to see, and whatever the fans think of him, he obviously knows he has some way to go to further improve his game.
For now he remains first-pick for Tottenham, but once Davies has a full season in North London under his belt he is sure to try even harder to ensure one of the regular starting berths is his own, which could in turn force Rose to up his game in a bid to compete with the best left-backs in the country.