It no longer feels spe­cial to play at Wem­b­ley, says Rose

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Sam Dean

Danny Rose has ad­mit­ted it no longer feels like an hon­our to play at Wem­b­ley after Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur beat Southamp­ton in front of a crowd of just 33,012 on Wed­nes­day.

It was the worst turnout for a Premier League game at the sta­dium since Spurs moved there at the start of last sea­son, the pre­vi­ous low­est be­ing 43,268 against Cardiff.

Mauri­cio Pochet­tino, the man­ager, has said he hopes to be able to move into the new sta­dium “in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary” and Rose added that the play­ers were des­per­ate to do so as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It’s just not nice any­more,” the de­fender said. “It has lost its… I don’t feel it’s an hon­our to play at Wem­b­ley. We are all itch­ing to get in the new sta­dium. The at­mos­phere is a bit flat. It’s the low­est at­ten­dance since we have been there. That speaks vol­umes. We are dis­ap­pointed it has taken longer than ex­pected but we know ev­ery­body is putting in the hours to make sure the sta­dium is as good as pos­si­ble.”

Rose, 28, added he could see noth­ing wrong with the scuffle with Arse­nal after Eric Dier had equalised for Spurs in their 4-2 de­feat at the Emi­rates on Sun­day.

“That’s what der­bies are all about,” Rose said. “As long as no­body is throw­ing hands and as­sault­ing each other, I don’t think there was any­thing wrong. We cel­e­brated, Arse­nal got an­noyed with that and the game con­tin­ues.”

Mean­while, Harry Kane says he ex­pects to reach his best scor­ing form dur­ing the busy fes­tive pe­riod. Kane, who has seven goals in eight games for club and coun­try, said: “I just get into a rhythm. It might be down to fit­ness as well. When teams are tired, I ex­ploit the space.”

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