Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose Is Hoping to Impress AVB with a Gold-Star Performance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose Is Hoping to Impress AVB with a Gold-Star Performance

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

[bar] T would be understandable if Danny Rose is having second thoughts about training with the Great Britain football squad rather than his Tottenham team-mates right now.

While his colleagues at Spurs are getting the chance to impress new manager Andre Villas-Boas in pre-season training, the 22-year-old is miles away preparing for the Olympics instead.

In fact, if all goes well with Great Britain's mission to win gold, he won't get to work with Villas-Boas for another four weeks as the final of the tournament is at Wembley on August 11 -- a week before Tottenham's opening game at Newcastle.

Considering Rose is still to establish himself as a first-team regular at White Hart Lane, he could be forgiven for thinking he would be better off spending the next month working under Villas-Boas rather than Stuart Pearce.

However, the former Leeds trainee, who joined for [pounds sterling]1million in 2007, believes playing in the Olympics will actually give him more of a chance of earning favour and playing for Tottenham regularly next term.

Speaking ahead of the team's warm-up friendly against Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Friday, he said: "Looking ahead to the start of the season, I don't think that being part of the Olympics is a negative.

"Obviously for me and Steven [Caulker] we have a new manager so we'll meet him late but it's not a problem.

"The first few games in pre-season you're only playing 45 minutes getting fitness, here we're playing 90 minutes against Brazil, then straight into the tournament and competitive games.

"Let's hope we go all the way and that would be six matches so we'd be raring to go when we return to our clubs. Injuries can happen so everyone has to get the training right and once we get on the field we can do GB proud."

This is an important period in Rose's career having made just 29 appearances for Spurs over the past five years. …

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