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The Big Interview - Danny Rose

Posted on 7 May 2015  - 08:45

Seen by many as one of our players of the season, Danny Rose tells us that competition from summer arrival Ben Davies has pushed him to perform at a higher level this term.

Danny Rose in actionOn duty in the Capital One Cup Final against ChelseaScoring to kick-start a late revival against West HamCelebrating his goal in the 5-3 Premier League win over Chelsea at White Hart Lane

The flying full-back has started 26 times in the Premier League and made 33 appearances in all competitions. His displays earned a call into the senior England squad in March, having initially got his first Three Lions call-up at the start of the campaign.

Snapped up just after he'd turned 17 back in July, 2007, Danny, now 24, signed a new deal in the summer and he says his form stems from that...

First of all, let’s talk about your form. You’ve certainly kicked on again this year. Do you feel that way?
Danny Rose: “I feel I’m doing well and that’s down to the gaffer and the Chairman. The Club gave me a new contract at the start of the season and in that respect, I owe them a lot and I thank them for that. I also thank my team-mates for helping me improve every day in training. I’ll be forever grateful to everyone I’ve just mentioned. To be honest, last season was difficult at times. This season, I’ve just listened to the gaffer and if he says I’ve done wrong, I’ve done wrong but if he says I’ve done well, that’s great. I’ve hit some good form and the competition with Ben Davies has helped as well, it’s made me work even harder.”

You and Ben have had a real battle for that left-back spot all season. What has that been like?
Danny: “The competition drives you on. It makes you want to improve every aspect of your game. When Ben has started, he’s been brilliant. It’s been great to watch him play when I’ve not played. It’s been nice to learn from him as well. He’s younger than me but he’s had over 100 games at the top level and he’s a fully-fledged international with Wales, so he has that experience. We’ve gone toe-to-toe this season.”

How does it feel to line-up regularly with four fellow Academy graduates in Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb? All five of you started the Capital One Cup Final, which must have been special.
Danny: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve known them all for some time now - Andros, Ryan, Harry, Nabil and Kyle Walker as well. We have a connection and when someone is in trouble, we’ll be there to help. That’s full credit to the gaffer, John McDermott (Academy Manager) and everyone who has helped us all progress and to be able to play every week now for Spurs.”

Does it mean that little more when you’ve progressed through the ranks?
Danny: “Yes, definitely and the players who have made that transition should be proud. It’s great when you look back at a win on a Saturday, it’s all worth it - cleaning the boots, pumping up the balls. Hopefully there will be more on the way as well - Alex Pritchard has done really well on loan at Brentford, Tom Carroll at Swansea as well.”

How do you view the season as a whole?
Danny: “We’ve made mistakes that hopefully we’ll learn from next season. You only have to look at the results against West Brom, Newcastle, Stoke and Villa at White Hart Lane, if we’d done better in those games we’d have been right in there, and that's our fault. Having said that, we couldn’t get a result against the top teams last season and we’ve managed to turn that around at home. We’re a young team, still learning and next season, the gaffer will know where to improve. I’m sure it will be exciting times.”

Finally, next up it's Stoke at the Brit on Saturday, what are your thoughts?
Danny: “It will be a difficult game. Stoke have had a great season, Mark Hughes has done a terrific job there and it’s going to be tough. You always have to work hard to get any reward at Stoke."