By Tom Blackburn

Crystal Palace attacker Andros Townsend claims that Danny Rose is the best full-back playing in the country.

Townsend played with at Tottenham for a number of years before the winger moved to Newcastle in January, and believes Rose has no equals.

“To be honest, the player I like playing against the most is Danny Rose,” he told

“He’s probably the best left-back in the country in my eyes.

“In training at Spurs we used to go at it in the sessions and we’d kick each other a lot so I do enjoy playing against him.”

Rose, 26, has established himself as Tottenham and England’s first choice on the left following his consistent performances in the Premier League, in particular last season when Spurs finished third in the table.

The two faced each other in the Premier League in August and Rose and Spurs were the winners, as they secured a 1-0 victory thanks to a late goal from Victor Wanyama.

Rose joined Spurs from Leeds as a teenager before progressing through the North London academy and has gone on to make 126 appearances.

Rose is one of a number of players to graduate from the Spurs academy that has also produced Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Nabil Bentaleb and Josh Onomah as well as Andros Townsend, who joined Newcastle in January before joining Palace in the summer.

In other Tottenham transfer news, Ledley King names three qualities in the squad after window closure.