Cresswell or Rose: Who should feature for England following Luke Shaw injury?

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The West Ham and Tottenham defenders are next in line after the Manchester United star's horror injury, with Everton's Leighton Baines also absent.

Following Luke Shaw’s injury while in Champions League action for Manchester United, which will see him spend a considerable length of time on the treatment table, England boss Roy Hodgson has a decision to make.

The Red Devils full-back had started the season in fine form, and with Leighton Baines also out injured, had fully justified his role in England’s recent wins over San Marino and Switzerland.

With Baines set to be absent until November, there is now a spot free for England’s remaining Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures.

The prime candidates are West Ham United full-back Aaron Cresswell and Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, but who comes out on top? We compared their stats from 2014/15 to find out.

Duel WonInterception
Blocked Cross
Goal Assist
Danny Rose Tottenham 2014-2015 87% 57% 100% 100% 60% 21% 4
Aaron Cresswell West Ham 2014-2015 70% 53% 100% 100% 74% 20% 4

Starting with tackling, Rose came out a long way ahead in that category, with his success rate standing at 87% compared to Cresswell’s 70%. He also emerged victorious when it came to duels, winning 57% of his battles last season, compared to Cresswell’s tally of 53%.

When it came to interceptions, though, both players enjoyed a 100% success rate, while they were both equally successful at blocking crosses, both enjoying a 100% success rate in that department.

In the modern game, it’s required that full-backs are as effective offensively as they are defensively, and here the two players are separated again.

When it comes to crossing, Rose came out on top, with 21% of his crosses proving to be accurate, with Creswell slightly behind with a score of 20%.

Attempted assists, however, saw the two drift apart, with Cresswell this time coming out on top, with 74% of his attempted assists being accurate compared to Rose’s score of 60%.

However, despite that disparity, both players finished the season with four assists apiece.

On this evidence, then, it seems Rose is the more likely deputy in Shaw’s absence, with him winning three of the six categories.

However, given that they shared a similar score in two areas, and were close when it came to crossing, both still have a fighting chance to make the spot their own. Hodgson would be wise to try out both, given their impressive performances last season.

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