Why Roy Hodgson's snub of Tottenham defender Danny Rose makes no sense

The 25-year old was once again overlooked in the England manager's latest squad.

Roy Hodgson named his England squad this past Sunday - as confirmed on the FA website - and a quick glance at the list of defenders brought about a familiar, yet confusing realisation – Danny Rose is absent.

His snub is understandable for this particular squad - given that Saturday was his first appearance of the campaign, after a return from injury – but the previous few squads have also left out Tottenham’s marauding full-back, and it’s hard to understand why.

Rose was last picked for England over a year ago and failed to feature on that occasion, meaning his wait for the elusive first cap goes on.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs are seemingly guaranteed a place – regardless of form. Shaw, in fairness, has shown signs this season of finally repaying some of the monumental fee that brought him to Manchester United, but Gibbs has played all of 11 minutes of football, rendering his inclusion baffling.

Rose, on the other hand, emerged as one of the league’s strongest full-backs in the second half of last season with his pace, power and directness far outweighing the contributions on offer from his United and Arsenal rivals.

Defensively, the 25-year old has also come on leaps and bounds, and one-on-one duels are typically bad news for opposing attackers.

Should he maintain the form shown last season, Roy Hodgson’s resolute stance will become increasingly difficult to justify.

Aaron Cresswell's lack of inclusion is also tough to explain, and he too deserves a spot ahead of those selected.

Hodgson's choices hint at a manager settled on his favourites and reluctant to cater for form, and this type of thinking doesn't bode well for a progressive, improving England side emerging any time soon under his reign.

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