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Danny Rose should get the nod for England’s quarter-final with Sweden

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Danny Rose should get the nod for England’s quarter-final with Sweden

The Tottenham Hotspur star is perfectly suited to getting the best of Sweden.

England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after beating Colombia on penalties in Moscow last night. But whilst fanfare is high considering that Sweden lays in wait for the last eight, England must not rest on their laurels and Gareth Southgate should consider changes.

One such change would involve bringing a Tottenham Hotspur player in from the start. The player in question is Danny Rose, who has had to play second fiddle to Ashley Young for the tournament so far.

Rose, many will say, failed his audition against Belgium when England rested their starters. Adnan Januzaj sold him a ludicrous dummy which sent Rose for a picnic before the former Manchester United protege curled in a left-footed strike.

But Rose should still get the nod against Sweden.

Why?

 

For two reasons with the exact same cause. The reasons are speed and balance. The cause, Rose is naturally left-footed.

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Young has been excellent at the World Cup. In fact, against Colombia, he was almost captain-like in keeping the younger heads under control during rough treatment from their opponents.

But he is still a predominantly right-footed left-wing-back. What this does is narrow the England team from one side. Young drifts inside on a constant basis and it leaves pockets of space crowded and gives England the lack of an outlet on the left.

It also slows things down. Young, retrieves the ball and just wanders inside onto his right. Often, he produces an excellent pass at the end of such moves.

But against Sweden, England need to be dynamic. Pace and movement will be key to getting the better of the Scandinavian side.

Despite not being the first-choice at Tottenham last season Rose is still a brilliant left-sided option and England need him more than Young v Sweden.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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