We have been wondering about Danny Rose’s status after he came off with what looked like an groin injury near the end of Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City last weekend. Even so, he was called up to England’s squad by Gareth Southgate for two Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain, and in interviews he didn’t seem that concerned about what he called the “soreness in his groin.”
However, it seems it’s enough to get him to back out of his international commitment. Today England and Tottenham announced that Rose was voluntarily withdrawing himself from Southgate’s squad.
I have literally no issues with this. If Rose was fit to play, then getting him some international minutes might not be a bad thing, but there’s absolutely no point in risking further injury if he’s feeling any sort of discomfort stemming from his injury. Why risk it? Spurs need Danny to be successful in the Premier League and Champions League as he’s a different option to Ben Davies (who, let’s face it, hasn’t been especially great this season).
Instead, Rose will get another week and a half to rest and heal, and won’t have to travel to Croatia or Spain. That sounds like a pretty good situation to me.