We compare the two defenders to see who should be England's number one left-back.
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.
|Position||Team||Season||Chances Created||Duels Won||Headers Won||Accurate Passes||Tackles||Interceptions||Assists||Appearances||Minutes Played|
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.