By Dominic Toner

Graham Roberts believes that Tottenham defender Danny Rose is the best left-back in the country despite being left out of England’s starting line up.

Gareth Southgate has named his team for the World Cup qualifier against Malta and opted to play Ryan Bertrand ahead of Rose.

The Southampton full-back has got the nod to start the match and will hope to stake his claim for the position.

Spurs legend Roberts has hinted that Rose may have been rested ahead of the match against Slovenia but strongly disagrees with the decision if it is a tactical switch.

“I would presume Southgate is resting Rose before Tuesday game after his injury if he is not he clearly has it seen best left back in country.”

Rose has become a consistent performer for Spurs in recent season and is a part of the best back four in the league.

The Times chief football writer Henry Winter revealed on Tuesday that Rose, Theo Walcott and Ryan Bertrand had left training early but the Spurs man is the only one to miss out in the starting team.

England announced their official line up on their Twitter account.

Spurs earned a 2-0 win against league leader Manchester City on Sunday and were full of high energy all over the pitch.

Rose, 26, played the full 90 minutes against Man City and has been a crucial part of Spurs’ early success.

The defender missed six games for the north London club due to a hamstring injury but has been restored as the first-choice left-back ahead of Ben Davies.

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