Jermaine Jenas insists Tottenham star should be England first choice, not Arsenal man

Jermaine Jenas

The former Spurs midfield insists Danny Rose deserves to be Roy Hodgson's number one at left-back ahead of competition including Kieran Gibbs.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told Yahoo Sport that Spurs left-back Danny Rose deserves to be England's first choice in the position ahead of Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and West Ham United star Aaron Cresswell in the injury absence of Luke Shaw.

Rose has been in superb form for the North London club this season, playing 22 times in all competitions and generally being preferred ahead of Ben Davies at White Hart Lane.

The uncapped 25-year-old said earlier this month that he was hopeful of forcing his way into Roy Hodgson's squad ahead of Euro 2016 after being called up for a squad meeting.

Other Premier League left-backs such as Gunners star Kieran Gibbs have impressed this campaign, but Jenas believes it should be the man from the other side of North London who gets the nod.

The former England man, who won 21 caps for his country, wrote in his Yahoo Sport column: "[Rose] is strong, quick, athletic, improving all the time and he's probably the best defender in the group. For me, the Tottenham man has been the best and most consistent English left-back in the league this season.

"He has been in England squads before without getting a cap, so Hodgson has had a look at him, but I feel that until now Roy has remained unconvinced. Sometimes a manager will feel a player doesn't tick all the boxes he wants ticked, and Roy has only really selected Rose when other players have been injured. But there is no way he can't be considering the Spurs man now."

"Whenever Kieran [Gibbs] has been called upon by Arsene Wenger he has done well, and one of the advantages for England is that he's used to being thrown in at the deep end in a big game and not being phased. In that sense he nails it as a second-choice player."

Roy Hodgson's preferred first choice in the role in recent times has been Luke Shaw, but the Manchester United man is unlikely to be able to prove his fitness after missing nearly the entirety of the season with a double leg fracture.

Rose played 29 times for the England Under-21s side, a total only beaten by four players, but is yet to be handed a senior debut for the Three Lions.

England face four warm-up matches before Euro 2016 kicks off, with friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands later this month followed by games against Turkey and Australia after the end of the domestic season in May.

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