Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has admitted that he was shocked to have been invited in an England group meeting last month but says that his inclusion has given him hope of a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad, according to quotes published by the London Evening Standard.
The 25-year-old has played 29 times for the Three Lions Under-21s side but is yet to play a single minute of senior football for his country despite previously having been included in squads.
However, he was one of 40 players selected by Hodgson for a get-together in February and he is thought to be fully in the running for a place in the final 23-man group for this summer's tournament in France.
Rose was pleasantly surprised to have been included in the meeting, but admitted that his involvement has only intensified his hunger to feature for his country at Euro 2016.
He said, as quoted by the Standard: "That was a big shock for me. Maybe for other players it might just have been a routine meeting, but for me it was a lot more.
"It shows that, even if it’s only in a small way, I am in the plans. It was a big bonus for me being included in that meeting and hopefully I can keep playing well until the next time the squad meet up later this month."
The former Leeds United academy prospect has flourished into an important, regular member of the first-team squad at White Hart Lane in recent years and is producing arguably some of the finest form of his career this season.
After scoring four times in 34 appearances in all competitions last season, Rose has already featured 21 times for the club in the current campaign, and netted a vital goal in the title race by scoring the winner against Swansea City a week-and-a-half ago.