By Amir Mir

Gary Neville has sprung a surprise by picking Tottenham defender Danny Rose in his team of the season (TOTS).

The 26-year-old’s selection is a shock because he has been injured for a good chunk of the campaign.

Rose has only played 18 Premier League matches out of a possible 36 this term and has not represented his side since January.

The likes of Ryan Bertrand and Marcus Alonso, who have played throughout the season, would be hard done by, particularly the latter who went on to win the title with Chelsea.

Neville decided against selecting Southampton centre-back, Virgil van Dijk in his TOTS because the Dutchman has been injured, even though he has been on the sidelines for the same amount of time as Rose.

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Speaking on Monday Night Football, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Neville explained why Rose makes his team.

“I have gone for Danny Rose even though he has missed some football recently,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I think he has been outstanding. I think Tottenham’s back four did need representing in the Team of the Season. I think Van Dijk pre-Christmas was fantastic but of course him getting injured.”

Tottenham players were well represented in Neville’s best XI for the season, with Tony Alderweireld, Dele Alli and Harry Kane the other players selected.

Added to that, six Chelsea players and Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne also made Neville’s TOTS.

It is no surprise to see Tottenham and Chelsea players dominate Neville’s team because the duo have been the two standout performers this term.

Antonio Conte’s side have gone on to win the Premier League title, with their London rivals securing the runners-up spot.

In other Tottenham news, Charlie Adam has stated that Spurs will come in for this 13-goal Premier League man in the summer. 

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