Bertrand or Rose: Who should be England's left-back at Euro 2016?

Danny Rose v Ryan Bertrand: Head to Head: : 20160525

The Southampton and Tottenham defenders are competing for England left-back spot.

Danny Rose v Ryan Bertrand: Head to Head: : 20160525

With Euro 2016 on the horizon, England have a number of selection issues to resolve before their first game in France.

After a strong Premier League campaign, there are a number of players in Roy Hodgson’s squad currently all vying for a starting place.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Crystal Palace's Jason PuncheonSouthampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon

One of the areas where a decision has to be made is at left-back, where Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand are competing for a place.

The Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton full backs have both enjoyed impressive campaigns, and either would be worthy of a first team place.

So how did the two players compare in the stats this season? We decided to take a look.

  Won Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameBall Recovery per GameDuel Won per GameEffective Blocked Cross per GameTotal Key Passes per GameAccurate Cross per GameAccurate Pass per GameAppearances
Danny Rose 2.33 1.63 6.08 6.67 0.5 1 0.5 35.17 24
Ryan Bertrand 1 2.25 4.16 3.88 0.44 0.69 0.88 27.94 32

And as it transpires, Danny Rose came out on top in six of the eight areas that we looked at.

Per game he won more tackles, more defensive duels and registered slightly more effective blocked crosses than Bertrand. 

He also came out on top when it came to ball recoveries per game, although the Southampton star won more interceptions per game.

Turkey's Volkan Sen in action with England's Danny RoseTurkey's Volkan Sen in action with England's Danny Rose

Going forward Rose was superior though, registering more key passes per game and more accurate crosses per game.

Bertrand however, did come out in one offensive area as he registered more accurate passes per game than his rival.

 

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