DANNY ROSE has had some heavy hits on and off the pitch since joining Watford in the summer.
And now the 31-year-old has been told he is yet to make a good part of his boss’ campaign Claudio Ranieri – as the Italian coach tries to recapture the defender’s glory days for club and country.
He also impressed with Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate, representing his country at the 2018 World Cup as they reached the semi-finals.
At the time, Rose was considered the original modern left-back – strong, overlapping runs, vision to support as well as tenacity in defence.
But now, as Rose enters the twilight years of her career with Giant hornet, he has been subject to criticism left, right, and center for his lackluster performances.
Faulty performances against Liverpool, Arsenal and most recently Manchester City were defeats – games in previous years where he often shone.
Ranieri returned in October – replacing boss Xisco Munoz – and is a manager known for his discipline and strict fitness regime.
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However, the 70-year-old coach is still not satisfied with Rose’s fitness, explaining: “I am very confident with him but he has a lot more to improve.
“I miss Danny when he played at Tottenham and the England national team and I need this Danny.
“I think it’s more about fitness than confidence. When he arrived he was down physically and now he has improved a lot but he needs to improve a lot more.
“It’s difficult to say how long that will take.”
Rose has also come under heavy criticism from pundits and fans alike – with many expecting the defender’s arrival to give the club the solidity they desperately need if they have a chance to survive this campaign.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/16993345/danny-rose-watford-claudio-ranieri-fitness/ Danny Rose says he doesn’t fit Watford boss unhappy as Claudio Ranieri aims to help star get back to glory days