England latest: Tottenham full-back Danny Rose hoping to cement Euro 2016 spot after stunning Germany win
Tottenham defender Danny Rose is hoping to follow up an England debut to remember by securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
In-form Rose has had to bide his time for his first senior appearance, with the Three Lions boasting impressive strength in depth at left-back, with Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Ryan Bertrand and Kieran Gibbs having all played there in recent years.
But he finally got his chance in Berlin on Saturday, playing for the full 90 minutes as England came back from 2-0 down to claim a stunning 3-2 victory over world champions Germany.
“There is very good competition at left-back,” Rose said following the win. “England are spoilt for choice at left-back.
“I’ve had to bide my time but there’s a saying ‘better late than never’. 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.”
On his sensational debut, Rose added: “It’s a great achievement for me, my club, my family.
“I feared the worst going 2-0 down but the lads showed a great attitude and we thoroughly deserved to win the game.
“We have had a couple of meetings during this camp. [England coach] 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’s scored a brilliant first goal and we thoroughly deserved it.”
It was a particularly special night for Tottenham, as four of their players started in Berlin.
Harry Kane started the comeback with a fine goal and Eric Dier secured victory in stoppage-time, but Dele Alli was the star man.
The teenager was playing in League One for MK Dons less than a year ago, but once again shone in England’s midfield.
“He has set his standards very high,” Rose said. “He is not fazed by any opponent or any team, he is a pleasure to play with.
“For Tottenham to nick him for £5million is a great bargain.”