Danny Rose has been converted from left winger to left-back at Tottenham.
Rose has established himself as a solid Premier League-level left-back at Tottenham, and Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT how he convinced the 25-year-old to move from his natural left-wing position to a defensive one.
The former Spurs boss said: “I can see Danny getting in the England team eventually at left-back. He spent a lot of his time playing on the left-wing for England Under-21s, and I said to him: ‘you’ll never play for England as a left-winger, but you will as a left-back’. He didn’t have quite enough guile to play that position [winger], but he is a fantastic raiding left-back.”
Redknapp used the enticement of a future England career to convince Rose to convert to a full-back, after arriving at Tottenham from Leeds as a highly-rated left-winger.
He was first used in the Spurs team by Redknapp as a winger, but was forced to drop to defence in place of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and it was from this game against Blackpool that Rose’s career has blossomed.
He has now become one of the better left-backs in the league, and arguably the best attacking full-back England can call upon, it is just Rose’s defensive work which sometimes lets him down.
Even then, Rose has shown major improvements as a defender under Mauricio Pochettino, and surely his time as a senior England regular is not far away.
Redknapp was central to Rose becoming the player he is today, seeing that he would never be a good enough winger to make an impact at the top level of the game, and converting the former Leeds man to a defender has been a move which has paid off in the long-term.