Tuesday 20 August 2019

Spurs defender Rose admits he 'can't wait' to get out of football

Danny Rose. Photo: Reuters
Danny Rose. Photo: Reuters

Matt Law

Danny Rose has made the startling revelation that he cannot wait to "get out" of football and believes there is no chance of eradicating racism while offenders are fined less than what he claims to be able to spend on a night out.

The Tottenham Hotspur left-back has broken his silence on the racist abuse he suffered in England's Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Montenegro last week. He said he had expected abuse after a similar incident seven years earlier.

Rose was racially abused in neighbouring Serbia while playing for England U-21s in 2012 and was dismayed by the £65,000 fine from Uefa, which also ordered Serbia to play one game behind closed doors.

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro, but Rose said: "When countries only get fined what I'd probably spend on a night out in London, what do you expect? When the punishment is not as harsh, what do you expect?

"You see my Tottenham manager (Mauricio Pochettino) get banned for two games for just being confrontational against (referee) Mike Dean at Burnley.

"Yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for (some of their fans) being racist.

"It's just a bit of a farce at the minute. So, that's where we are at in football and until there's a harsh punishment there's not much else we can expect."

Expect

Rose, 28, does not expect to play past his 34th birthday and has admitted the way football is run has left him looking forward to his retirement.

"I've had enough," said Rose.

"At the minute, how I programme myself, I just think 'I've got five or six more years left in football and I just can't wait to see the back of it.'

"Seeing how things are done in the game at the minute, I just want to get out of it.

"That's how I feel. I just want to enjoy football as much as I can. There is so much politics and whatever in football, and I just can't wait to see the back of it, to be honest."

Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi publicly condemned the racist chanting in Podgorica minutes after the final whistle, but Rose chose to speak to Gareth Southgate, the England manager, and keep his thoughts private until now.

"I sort of prepared myself for what happened," said Rose.

"We won and now we just wait for whatever punishment, if any punishment happens.

"I wasn't upset. I just didn't want the focus to be on me and about a small - I have to say it was only a small - minority of the fans doing the chanting. I didn't want the post-match to be about me.

"I just wanted everybody to focus on a great week we'd had with England. We scored 10 goals and it was a great performance over two games.

"I played in Serbia about eight years ago and it happened there.

"So, I sort of thought it would be a possibility that it might happen again and it did. I looked up straight away in the first half and I know the exact time it happened.

"But it didn't affect my game. I'm a big boy now and I know that three points are obviously not the most important thing when you're going through something like that, but I just wanted the team to get three points, so that we could move on and get out of Montenegro as quickly as possible."

Pochettino sent Rose a message of support straight after the game and last week insisted he would take his players off the pitch in the face of any racist abuse, no matter the circumstances.

Rose revealed that Southgate had told him he would back any desire by the England players to walk off, saying: "I spoke to Gareth after the game and he hadn't been aware (of the racism). I didn't mention it at half-time, so he wasn't aware of what was happening until he heard it right at the end.

"The manager was a bit upset, to be fair, because he told us it was the first time he'd been involved with something like that and he said he didn't know what the right course of action was."

Despite his dismay at the way the authorities are dealing with racism and his eagerness to quit the sport, Rose is pleased to have finally moved into Tottenham's new £1 billion stadium after growing tired of playing at Wembley.

Following the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Rose said: "It was a bit flat towards the end, playing at Wembley.

"You can't hold anything against the fans for that. It was a lot of travelling and it's not home.

"So, on behalf of the players and the staff, I'd like to thank the fans for the year and a half that they've made that journey.

"They've been great and in that first game (at the new stadium) they really made it feel like home.

"It was a bit surreal at the beginning when we were doing the warm-up.

"There was a moment when the crowd were singing Dele (Alli's) name and we were saying after the game how loud it was. It was just an amazing night."

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