Roy Hodgson offers bizarre explanation for not playing Danny Rose sooner

The Tottenham Hotspur left-back is set to start both of England's March friendlies.

ESPN report that Tottenham's Danny Rose will make his long-awaited England debut in the Three Lions' March double-header against Germany and the Netherlands.

Rose was a regular for the Under-21s between 2009 and 2013 and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic games.

But despite being called up by Hodgson in September 2014, the Yorkshireman has had to wait until now to win his first cap.

At one point, Rose even considered switching his allegiance to the Jamaican national team, according to the Guardian, but his patience finally appears to have paid off.

Hodgson insists the 25-year-old has been on his radar for a while, but provided a bizarre explanation as to why Rose was so frequently omitted.

"He's not unknown to us, but his career at Tottenham, last season and the beginning of this, was a bit in and out," the 68-year-old said, as quoted by ESPN.

"Since then he's been given his chance and, this season, he's seized that opportunity. He's played so well that he deserves a chance to show what he can do."

The England manager's comments are severely flawed, though. Rose started 32 times in all competitions for Spurs last season and barring a five-game spell out of the side pre-Christmas, he never once missed back-to-back matches.

Did Hodgson merely disregard the former Leeds man last term? You could argue he'd have done the same this time around, were it not for the enforced absences of Luke Shaw and Ryan Bertrand.

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