Danny Rose says he is “over the moon” to be called up to the England squad for the first time by Roy Hodgson.
Rose, along with fellow uncapped youngsters Calum Chambers, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback, have all earned a place in Hodgson’s 22-man group to take on Norway in a friendly at Wembley on September 3 and England’s first Euro 2016 qualifier away to Switzerland five days later.
|Tottenham are 12/1 with Paddy Power to win the Europa League|
“I’m over the moon,” he told reporters. “I’ve started the season well.
“I had to meet the new manager [Pochettino] when he’d just been appointed in the middle of June and he told me that if I trusted in him, he’d be able to get me into the England squad.
“I didn’t expect it if I’m honest. My agent told me a couple of weeks ago that I could get a call-up but I wasn’t holding my breath.”
Rose also revealed that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino called him into his office to play a trick on him before revealing the good news.
“The manager text me at 9:10 on Wednesday morning and said ‘Can you come to my office?’ I was thinking ‘Oh God, what have I done?’
“So I went to his office and he sat me down and said ‘I’ve got something to tell you’. I said ‘What is it?’ He said ‘We’ve accepted a bid. We’re selling you’.
“I said ‘No you’re not’ He said ‘Yeh it’s true’. Then one of the other coaches walked in and said ‘Have you told him he’s got to go?’
“After that he told me he’d been at the MK Dons game [on Tuesday night] and heard I might have a chance of being selected, and then later on Wednesday the England manager called me and verified it.
“He told me that left-back is one of England’s strongest positions, with Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand.
“He said I’d been a bit unlucky but there have been a couple of injuries and hopefully if I can stay fit, I might get a chance within the next two games.”