Rose: Eng­land have be­come a ‘laugh­ing stock’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY MARK OG­DEN

THE ENG­LAND de­fender Danny Rose has ad­mit­ted for­mer cap­tain Alan Shearer was right to sug­gest that English foot­ball has be­come a “laugh­ing stock” in the wake of Sam Al­lardyce’s sudden de­par­ture from as man­ager.

The Tot­ten­ham full­back is pre­par­ing to play un­der his third in­ter­na­tional man­ager in six months when Gareth South­gate takes charge for Satur­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Malta at Wembley. But with Eng­land now un­der the con­trol of an in­terim-man­ager just three months af­ter the Euro 2016 hu­mil­i­a­tion at the hands of Ice­land, Shearer has claimed that the na­tion’s foot­ball team is now at an all-time low.

Rose ac­cepts it is dif­fi­cult to dis­agree with Shearer’s com­ments. “I saw Alan Shearer say English foot­ball has be­come a laugh­ing stock,” Rose said. “It’s hard to say, but I agree a bit with a man­ager los­ing his job af­ter one game. It’s not good in any sense and what­ever stance the FA take af­ter the four games, I hope the next Eng­land man­ager will be one for the long term and help us to im­prove a bit bet­ter in tour­na­ments.”

Rose has re­vealed that he con­tacted Al­lardyce fol­low­ing his de­par­ture last week and in­sisted that he was sad to see the 61-year-old lose his job.

“I first heard about it when I was go­ing to bed (on the Mon­day night),” Rose said.

“I saw it and ob­vi­ously I was in shock. I’ve man­aged to speak to him since he left.

“I texted him, sent a mes­sage, thanked him for in­clud­ing me in his first Eng­land squad and al­low­ing me to earn an­other cap for Eng­land and told him that I was sorry he’d lost his job and wished him the best for the fu­ture.

“He was bril­liant when he was there. It was only a week to 10 days but he was such a good laugh, re­ally ap­proach­able and he al­lowed us to play as well.”

With Al­lardyce gone, Rose ad­mits it is now cru­cial that Eng­land pro­duce a win­ning per­for­mance against Malta this week­end.

“Ev­ery­one, the play­ers, the man­ager and all the staff, we’ve got to take it on our­selves to try to lift the opin­ion of English foot­ball over the next few games,” Rose said.

“That starts with a pos­i­tive per­for­mance on Satur­day against Malta and then an­other pos­i­tive per­for­mance against Slove­nia.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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