Pochettino expresses frustration 24-year-old Spurs star didn't receive England call-up

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Tottenham Hotspur manager feels that Danny Rose had a strong claim to be in the latest England squad after his performances this season.

Tottenham Hotspur may have seen Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane receive international recognition today, but Mauricio Pochettino has been left disappointed that Danny Rose didn't join them in the England squad.

Walker, Townsend and Kane were all included in Roy Hodgson's Three Lions selection to face Lithuania and Italy at the end of the month, but Rose missed out.

England have a wealth of left-backs at the moment - with Hodgson picking Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, Manchester United's Luke Shaw and Everton’s Leighton Baines - but Pochettino still felt Rose's omission was harsh.

“For me he is the best English left-back and I haven’t changed my opinion," Pochettino is quoted as saying in the Ham and High. "He’s shown he’s the best with his performances but it’s Roy’s opinion and it’s his decision.

“What stats do I have? This information is my information and I don’t need to explain why, but it’s clear when you can see the performances from the start of the season that Danny has shown he is one of the best left-backs in England.

“Always it’s Roy decision, it doesn’t surprise me. I understand what my place is, I always have full respect for his decision. It’s not about my opinion. You need to ask him why he picked different players and not Danny. I’ve not changed my opinion."

Despite Pochettino's strong words of praise for Rose, he is still a player that divides opinion at White Hart Lane because of his inconsistent performances.

Rose is an obvious threat going forward, but he has been caught out defensively at times this season and that is a weakness in his game.

Pochettino, though, clearly rates the 24-year-old and his words should encourage the rapid full-back.

The expectation was that Rose would face fierce competition from Ben Davies for a spot in the team this season, but the Tottenham academy-graduate appears to have firmly established himself as the club's first choice left-back and, after Pochettino's praise today, it doesn't look like that will change any time soon.

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