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Rose admits England are “spoilt for choice” at left-back

5:31 PM WAT 28/03/2016
The newly-capped Tottenham defender concedes there is a lot of competition to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's squad in his position, but insists he is up for the battle

Danny Rose admits England are “spoilt for choice” when it comes to left-backs, but says he hopes to rise to the top and earn his place in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016.

The Tottenham defender made his international debut in the 3-2 victory over world champions Germany in Berlin on Saturday, a reward for his fine form at club level for Tottenham this term.

Rose is battling with the likes of Leighton Baines, Ryan Bertrand, Kieran Gibbs and the injured Luke Shaw to feature in Hodgson's squad, while uncapped West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell is also knocking on the door.

But now that he is currently the man in possession of the spot, Rose is desperate not to relinquish it and hopes to impress against Netherlands at Wembley on Tuesday.

"England are spoilt for choice at left-back - there is very good competition," he told Sky Sports.

"I have had to bide my time but there is a saying 'better late than never'. 

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"I hope I can just continue this good form I have shown at Tottenham over the last two years and I hope I can make it on the plane come the end of May, start of June.

"It [my first cap] is a great achievement for me, my club, my family."

Rose, who earned 29 caps for England U21s, was first called up to the senior squad ahead of matches against Norway and Switzerland in August 2014, but didn't turn out for his country.

The ex-Sunderland loanee put in a solid shift to help his side earn a remarkable comeback win over Germany, which he felt was fully deserved on the balance of play.

"I feared the worst going 2-0 down but the lads showed a great attitude and we thoroughly deserved to win the game," he continued.

"We have had a couple of meetings during this camp. [Assistant manager] Ray Lewington has spoken about there being more leaders on the pitch and once you go 1-0 or 2-0 down you look for your leaders.

"You hope they can dig you out and give you more confidence and Harry [Kane] has scored a brilliant first goal and we thoroughly deserved it."