Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose: My Anger at Derby Axe; SPURS STAR 'FUMING' OVER SURPRISE OMISSION BUT SAYS RUMOURS OF BUST-UP WITH BOSS ARE UNTRUE in Association with Rose 'Fuming' over Arsenal Omission

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose: My Anger at Derby Axe; SPURS STAR 'FUMING' OVER SURPRISE OMISSION BUT SAYS RUMOURS OF BUST-UP WITH BOSS ARE UNTRUE in Association with Rose 'Fuming' over Arsenal Omission

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Byline: James Olley in Dortmund

DANNY ROSE has admitted he was "fuming" to be left out of the north London derby but played down rumours of a bust-up with Mauricio Pochettino.

The defender was restored to Tottenham's starting line-up for last night's 2-1 victory here at Borussia Dortmund, a result which secured top spot in Champions League Group H. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son scored Spurs' goals but much of the attention was on Rose after he was omitted from the squad against Arsenal last Saturday, with Pochettino urging him to focus on training with the reserves to rebuild his fitness.

Rose, 27, had been out for eight months with a knee injury, during which time he expressed his frustration at his PS65,000-a-week wage and Tottenham's transfer activity, before returning to action in October.

He started the Premier League match against Crystal Palace prior to the international break before appearing in both England friendlies, making his subsequent absence at Emirates Stadium a surprise to many.

Pochettino was angered by questions about Rose's whereabouts after the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Speaking for the first time about being dropped, Rose said: "My reaction was I was fuming, I was angry. But understanding, at the same time. There has been no bust-up, there has been no argument. There has been no falling out. The manager explained he thought it'd be better for me to do a hard session on Saturday, which I did.

"I understand there have been a lot of reports but they are not welcomed and they are not true.

"And whether I'd been at the Emirates or not, everybody's losing sight that I couldn't have stopped the referee or linesman from making bad decisions that led to us conceding."

Asked whether he felt fit to play against the Gunners, Rose said: "I don't know. Whatever fitness I have, I still feel I'm one of the best in the League, I believe in my ability.

"At Tottenham, you have to have an exceptional level of fitness. I'm not there yet because I've been out for a long time. I'm still catching up.

"I wasn't happy [with being left out] but it's gone now, we all have to move Continued on Page 66 Continued from Back Page on. …

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