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