Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has revealed his surprise at a recent invitation to an England team meeting. The 25-year-old was among the players who were invited to a gathering at St George's Park by manager Roy Hodgson.
Rose has already received several call-ups to the England squad, but has never made it onto the pitch for his country. He also nearly missed the much-discussed get-together because the FA had the wrong phone number for him.
"I changed my phone number last year, and the lads were talking about the meeting and I didn't know anything about it," he said, according to Sky Sports. "The day before, the people from the FA texted me and asked me if I was coming, and I was like, 'what meeting?'
"It was a big shock for me. For other players it might have just been a meeting, but for me it was a lot more. It shows I am maybe in the plans. I was over the moon to be included and I think I'm in their plans, at least a little bit. Even if it is a small part, it was a big bonus."
The Tottenham star said he is gunning for a place in the England squad for Euro 2016. "I'm 25 and have not made an appearance yet for my country, but that's the aim for everybody. Hopefully I can keep playing well until the next time England meet," said Rose, who joined Spurs from Leeds United in 2007.
Meanwhile, Rose insisted he has no qualms with the rotation policy of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has repeatedly interchanged him with Ben Davies this season. "There will be games where the gaffer thinks Ben will be able to do better than me and vice-versa," he said. "I've got no problems with it."