Rose admits Wembley has lost its X factor
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 December 2018
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The Spurs defender discussed Wednesday's 3-1 win over Southampton and the low attendance at the national stadium
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose conceded it is not an honour to play at Wembley Stadium anymore following Wednesday’s 3-1 home win over Southampton.
An attendance of just 33,012 turned up to watch Spurs move back up to third in the Premier League table with a routine victory.
While at times the atmosphere was fairly buoyant in Brent, especially when Mauricio Pochettino’s team were three goals ahead, it was another night where thoughts turned to when the club will be back in Tottenham.
There is still no fixed date about when Spurs will return to N17 and move into their 62,062-seater stadium and Rose understands the frustration of the supporters.
He said: “It is not nice anymore and it has sort of lost something. I don’t feel like it is an honour to play at Wembley anymore. We are all itching to get into the new stadium and hopefully it is not much longer.
“We are bitterly disappointed it has taken longer than expected, but we know everyone is putting in the hours to make sure the stadium is as good as possible.
“Hopefully over the next couple of months we will be in there, but we do sympathise with the fans. We just have to stick together because we know it will not be too much longer now.”
Rose was making his first start for Spurs since suffering a groin injury during the 1-0 win over Cardiff City on October 6.
It was another frustrating spell on the sidelines for the England defender, but he was happy to return against the Saints and help Tottenham get back to winning ways after Sunday’s loss away to rivals Arsenal.
“Yes, it was nice to be back,” Rose said. “It has been hard watching over the last two months, so it was nice to be back and win and put right the result from the weekend.”
Sunday’s derby at Emirates Stadium was one of the feistiest in recent times, but the Spurs full-back didn’t feel either team crossed the line.
Eric Dier received criticism for his celebration where he shushed the Arsenal fans, but Rose enjoyed the passion and emotion on show.
He added: “Already I am looking forward to the reverse fixture.
“I know there was a lot of opinion about Eric’s celebration, but that is what derbies are about.
“Even though I was on the bench it was still nice to be part of that because when we have played at the Emirates before, the atmosphere has not been like that.
“It was special and as long as we conduct ourselves in a professional manner then I don’t see anything wrong with last weekend.
“It is obviously frustrating when you lose and you see the selfies and pictures being uploaded from the changing room, but there is our incentive.
“It just shows how far we have come in recent years that it looked like it meant a lot to them and we are looking forward to the reverse fixture.”
Before Spurs play Arsenal again, they have a trip to Leicester City on Saturday and a huge Champions League match away to Barcelona.
Given Pochettino’s rotation policy with his full-backs, Rose could be handed a start at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Tottenham know only a win will guarantee progress from Group B as runners-up to Barcelona and Rose praised the effort of the squad for coming back from losing their first two fixtures – away to Inter and at home to the La Liga champions.
“It looked as if we were down and out, but we have come back and it is a great testament to the manager and the players to take it to the last game,” he said.
“The manager is more confident than anyone that we can go there and get a result and so are we. We are looking forward to it and we’ll make sure we take it to the last minute and try to progress.”