Nicky Shorey praises Cresswell's England chances, doesn't mention Rose

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

The two-time England left-back has been discussing the West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur full-backs, among others.

Nicky Shorey, who made it to the England left-back slot but only for two games, has praised the wealth of riches available to Roy Hodgson in his former position, according to Sky Sports.

And Shorey has heaped praise on the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Kieran Gibbs, Leighton Baines and even West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell.

But he hasn't mentioned Tottenham's Danny Rose...

Shorey told Sky Sports: "There are a lot of good left-backs flying about, you've got Luke Shaw, Ryan Bertrand and Kieran Gibbs who is a very good prospect if he can stay fit.

"You've obviously got Leighton Baines who has experience and is more of an older head and has proved what a good player he is and Aaron Cresswell at West Ham continues to progress. So there's a lot to be hopeful for in that position for England and they are all at a good age as well."

What's interesting are the words of current first choice (in the absence of the injured Shaw) Ryan Bertrand, who mentioned Tottenham's Rose ahead of West Ham's Cresswell, according to the Daily Mirror.

It could just be a slip of the tongue from Shorey, of course, or just a bit of forgetfulness.

But, with every international game that passes while Rose sits on the Spurs bench, more and more people will be similarly forgetful - including Hodgson.

When Baines returns, he will likely be ahead of many in the pecking order, while Bertrand looks a solid choice. It remains to be seen whether any of these left-backs are truly good enough for a major tournament - Baines committed the cardinal sin of letting his man cut inside for Mario Balotelli's World Cup goal, undoing any good work he may have ever done for the Three Lions.

For now, though, the likes of Bertrand and co are impressing, leaving both West Ham and Tottenham's left-backs with an uphill battle.

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