Matt Le Tissier has called for England manager Gareth Southgate to start Tottenham defender Danny Rose on the left against Panama.
Rose was left on the bench for the Three Lions’ World Cup opening victory over Tunisia, with Southgate opting for Manchester United star Ashley Young in the left-wing back role.
England put in a strong performances with captain Harry Kane scoring twice, including a late winner, to hand his side all three points.
However, Le Tissier believes the left flank would have been utilised more effectively had Rose started over Young.
“There has to be a definite change,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports. “Most of the danger came down the right-hand side and I thought it was quite blatant that our attacking threat down the left-hand side was non-existent.
“Our left-sided centre-half and our left wing-back were both right footed players, so they just kept checking back onto their right foot and it just wasn’t dangerous.
“Danny Rose has got to play the next game for me. We have to have at least one outfield player on the pitch who can kick a ball with his left foot, which will help us be more threatening down that side.”
Rose has been widely praised for speaking openly about his struggles with depression in the build-up to the World Cup.
The 27-year-old endured a difficult season with Spurs after recovering from a serious knee injury and failing to displace Ben Davies in Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred starting line-up.
After being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, Rose gave a controversial interview in which he appeared to criticise Tottenham’s ambition in the transfer market.
But United appear to have ended their interest in the left-back, which could mean Rose will remain a Spurs player beyond the summer transfer window.