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Danny Rose enjoying World Cup experience

By June 26, 2018No Comments

Danny Rose is open to his family joining him at the World Cup and “fine” with his role in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The 27-year-old spoke candidly beforehand about his fears of racism at the finals, explaining how he had no faith in the justice system and did not want to be worried about loved ones regarding “racism and anything else that may happen”.

But the Tottenham left-back’s first trip to Russia is panning out better than expected.

“I’d have to check hotel prices first,” Rose told IRN, BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT, when asked about whether his family would now come to the World Cup.

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Danny Rose in action for England (Nick Potts/PA)

“I just want to get in the team and then after that I’d be open.

“I’d definitely be open now to having my family out here, so let’s just hope we win on Thursday and then we beat whoever we play in the next round and we’ll see.”

Rose has been blown away by the quietness of England’s Repino base and the “amazing weather” in Russia, with plans afoot to visit nearby St Petersburg.

A number of players recently spent their recovery day in the city with family members – a time when the left-back enjoyed a different type of downtime.

“We’ve had family days where we’ve had a day off and the gaffer has allowed people, families to come to the hotel or we can go to our families’ hotel,” Rose said.

“When people have had their families around, yeah, it has been difficult.

“There’s a few of us here without families here so we’ve not had much to do and it’s been a bit difficult, but I’ve got three weeks just to dedicate my life to England and what we’re trying to do here.

“I am comfortable in not having my family here. I’m fine, I’m not on the verge of breaking down or anything.

“So, I’m fine and hopefully there’s another two-and-a-half more weeks until the final and it’s not a long time. I’ll be able to manage.”

Rose is enjoying the camp more than Euro 2016, despite having so far only played a peripheral role.

Behind Ashley Young in the pecking order, the left-back came off the bench against Panama and may get his chance to start Thursday’s final Group G match against Belgium.

“Before the Tunisia game, I went up to Youngy and said ‘good luck, you deserve this and keep doing what you’ve done at United all season’,” Rose said.

“I’ve been sat on the bench, waiting to take my chance if I get one and I’ve been fine.

“I’ve trained hard, I’ll keep training hard and there’s a large group of us who aren’t playing who have kept the intensity in training and we’ve kept on pushing each other. It’s been great.”

Rose’s close relationship with manager Gareth Southgate has also helped, with the pair bonding as the left-back recovered from his knee injury at St George’s Park.

“If you look at all the games he’s been in charge and I’ve been here, he’s got me on the pitch one way or another,” the 27-year-old added.

“I know how the manager feels about me and he’s honest. There’s no beating around the bush.

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Danny Rose, left, with Gareth Southgate as he prepares to come on against Panama (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“I’ve got so much respect for him and it’s not easy to take that I’m not playing, but things are done here now where you play if you deserve to play. You’re in the squad if you deserve to be in the squad. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If I was in the starting line-up for the first game against Tunisia, I would have been over the moon, it would have been a dream, but I would have to look at myself and think ‘do I really deserve this after the season I’ve had?’

“I’ve got no arguments. He’s spoken to me about why I am not playing, so it probably is a bit easier having the relationship I have got with the manager.”