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Danny Rose’s insight on Gareth Bale sends shivers down England spines

Left-back lets slip that Wales wide man is faster than Kyle Walker – not what England want to hear before the Euro 2016 clash in Lens on Thursday

Danny Rose was so busy pondering how Gareth Bale had transformed himself from a shy and underused fellow Tottenham Hotspur reserve into a two?times European Cup-winning force of nature that, initially, he did not notice uttering the words sure to send shivers of apprehension down England spines.

He had already pointed to the way the Welshman lives off the pitch, teetotal and away from the limelight. He followed that with mentions of diet and professionalism. “So it’s not a surprise Gareth’s hit the heights,” Rose said. “He joined Spurs predominantly as a left-back and now he’s one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the world. Actually he’s probably the only guy I’ve seen who’s a lot quicker than Kyle Walker. I didn’t think that was possible.”

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