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Tottenham's Danny Rose to consider declaring for Jamaica?

Tottenham's left back has an offer from the Reggae Boyz to declare for Jamaica and play in this summer's Copa America.

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Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose could consider an offer to play his international football with Jamaica instead of with England, according to Tom Collomosse at the Evening Standard. The report suggests that he will wait until after Roy Hodgson announces his next England squad before considering further.

Jamaica is apparently contacting international players that have ties to the island nation in an attempt to bolster their squad ahead of the Copa America in June. Jason Puncheon and Andre Wisdom are also reportedly on the list.

Rose's grandfather is Jamaican, which would qualify him to declare and play for the Reggae Boyz if he so chose. Obviously, he would prefer to be part of Hodgson's England squad, but would consider a standing offer from Jamaica if it is clear that he is not a firm part of Hodgson's England plans. Hodgson is set to name his squad sometime next week for the upcoming Euro Championship qualifiers against Lithuania and Italy, which will be played at the end of March.

Despite nailing down a starting role at left back for Spurs, Rose is very likely well down the England pecking order at left back. His competition includes Leighton Baines (who is currently injured but is clearly England's top choice for now), Luke Shaw, Ryan Bertrand, and Kieran Gibbs. Rose has played for England's U17, U19, and U21 teams. He has been called up twice for the senior squad but has never taken the field for England, which means he can still declare for Jamaica if he chooses.

Declaring for Jamaica would mean consistent international football opportunities, albeit with a team that doesn't regularly qualify for World Cups. Should he declare, Rose would instantly be one of the best players for Jamaica, and his pace would make him fearsome against CONCACAF defenses. He'd be guaranteed to start in this summer's Copa America in Chile. Plus, he'd be going up against teammate DeAndre Yedlin in future USA-Jamaica matches, and wouldn't THAT be fun?