Stuart Pearce thinks highly of Tottenham defender Danny Rose.
(L-R) England U21 Manager Stuart Pearce, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Rose and Chris Smalling during training
From one former England left-back to a current one, Stuart Pearce has praised Three Lions star Danny Rose.
Rose started England's first two games at Euro 2016, after an impressive season for Tottenham Hotspur. Pearce worked with Rose for England's under-21 side, playing him in a midfield role as well as left-back.
Speaking to HITC Sport, Pearce said Rose is deserving of his place in the England team and has come a long way.
He said: "I think Rose has gone into the tournament as probably the best left back. His form has been very good.
"In the under-21s when he first come and joined us he played more as a left sided midfield player then dropped back to left-back.
"This season he's cracked the position. His defending's very good, he's decent in the air for his size, hes got all the attributes of the modern day left back."
Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action with England's Danny Rose
Pearce was speaking as an ambassador for Carlsberg’s ‘If Carlsberg Did Substitutions’ UEFA EURO 2016™ campaign.
Rose has really kicked on under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, and held off competition from fellow left-back Ben Davies for his place, who had been expected to replace him after signing from Swansea.
England started Southampton's Ryan Bertrand against Slovakia, who was like Rose, part of the 2011 European Championship under-21 side which Pearce managed, even starting the pair together with the Tottenham ace in midfield.
That may have been because Bertrand, at Chelsea at the time, was more accomplished defensively but Pearce's comments underline that Rose is now seen as a player who can hold his own against accomplished attackers, as well as posing a threat going forward.
Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with Southampton's Shane Long
Rose is likely to come back into the England team for their knockout clash next Monday, where he could come up against Cristiano Ronaldo if the Three Lions draw Portugal.
That will be as big a test as it gets for the left-back, and stand him in good stead for a Champions League campaign with Spurs next season.
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