Leighton Baines v Danny Rose, who should be England's left-back?

Leighton Baines

We compare the two defenders to see who should be England's number one left-back.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has recently been backing defender Danny Rose - rather ambitiously - for an England call, according to Sky Sports.

If he were to be called up for England, though, it might mean replacing current incumbent Leighton Baines, which is no mean feat at all.

While the Everton left-back has not enjoyed the best of seasons personally - and the Tottenham man has enjoyed a strong campaign in terms of attacking down the left wing with Spurs as they look to qualify for the Champions League - Baines is still arguably his country’s best in the position.

With Pochettino’s comments in mind, we decided to compare the duo on their performances so far this season to see who comes out on top.

  PositionTeamSeasonChances CreatedDuels WonHeaders WonAccurate PassesTacklesInterceptionsAssistsAppearancesMinutes Played
Leighton Baines DF Everton 2014-2015 53 113 13 1034 36 37 8 24 2160
Danny Rose DF Tottenham 2014-2015 22 141 22 642 55 48 4 22 1840

Given that both are defenders first and foremost, we’ll start with those stats. In that regard, Rose comes out on top having won more tackles than Baines, 55 to 36, and won more duels and aerial duals than the Everton man as well.

Elsewhere, Rose comes out on top in the interceptions won category as well, defeating Baines by 49 to 37. However, the Tottenham man isn’t on top in every category, as Baines comes into his own on the attacking front - which is where the 24-year-old is really supposed to specialise.

In this regard, Baines has registered a huge 53 chances created this season, compared to Rose’s 22, eight of which have been assists to goals. Rose has half that tally. He also has over 1,000 accurate passes to his name as well, leaving him far ahead of the Spurs defender.

For now, then, Rose may stump Baines in the defensive areas but Baines' strength going forward is undeniable and will likely see him continue as England’s number one for quite some time.

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