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Tony Cascarino: This Tottenham 26-year-old is the best player in England

By Dominic Toner

Tony Cascarino has rated Tottenham defender Danny Rose as England’s best player.

Former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino rated the England and Scotland teams ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Friday at Wembley.

He gave Spurs’ Rose a 9/10 which was higher than any other player from other England or Scotland, but did highlight one potential weakness in his game.

“The most improved England player,” Cascarino told the Times. “His weakness is that his height makes him vulnerable to high, diagonal balls into the box.”

Rose has emerged as the first-choice left-back for both club and country in the past season after finding some consistency.

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The 26-year-old is competing alongside Ryan Bertrand and Aaron Cresswell for a starting position in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

He is likely to start in the crucial qualifying match with Scotland and could be rested for the friendly encounter with Spain next Tuesday.

Rose is also a popular figure at Spurs and is preferred to Welshman Ben Davies by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The defender has now made 131 appearances for the north London club since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2007 from Leeds.

Spurs currently have the best defensive record in the Premier League and have conceded just six goals in the opening 11 games, with Rose playing a crucial role in their success.

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