Darren Bent has revealed he was “delighted” for Tottenham defender Danny Rose after he was handed a starting role for England’s victory over Bulgaria on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says that the left-back has a real fight on his hands to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side thanks to Leicester City rival Ben Chilwell.

It was the Spurs man who got the nod on Saturday, helping the Three Lions to a comprehensive 4-0 victory in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash.

Rose says that both of Southgate’s options offer a potent attacking threat but that he was delighted to see the Tottenham man named ahead of the Foxes’ star on Saturday, insisting he performed impressively for his country.

Asked about the left-back’s display, Bent told Football Insider: “That’s a battle there, between him and Chilwell, I really like Ben Chilwell as much as I like Danny Rose.

“Them two are quite similar in that they both want to get forward. I was delighted for Danny Rose (v Bulgaria), to be fair to him he kept going and kept going. 

“There were so many times he would make that unselfish run down the outside where someone would cut in and try to have a shot, not sliding in, didn’t get frustrated. A performance like that, when you’re so dominant, I thought he played well.” 

Rose, 29, has played 28 times for his country since making his international bow, while he has remained as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back in north London despite speculation he could be leaving Spurs over the summer.

In other Tottenham news, Bent has told Football Insider that he is baffled by claim about Daniel Levy in a transfer revelation.