Danny's first start for us will never be forgotten. He could have retired at that moment on April 14, 2010 and his name would have been remembered at Spurs forever. That's what happens when you smash home a 30-yard volley against Arsenal!
It seems amazing that goal was over five years ago and Danny, a candidate for Player of the Season last term, can now proudly look back at 101 games for us but more importantly look forward to what is shaping into a promising 2016 both for him personally and the team.
Your debuts must hold special memories - your Football League debut (on loan at Watford) and Spurs debut were both at your home town, Doncaster and no-one will ever forget your Premier League debut against Arsenal in 2010…
Danny Rose: “My Spurs debut seems like yesterday. I felt I’d come close to making that step up with Juande Ramos but then I got in under Harry Redknapp for the League Cup tie at Doncaster (August, 2009). I couldn’t have asked for a better first appearance because all my family got to see it in my home town, ‘Donny’. I remember coming off the bench in the second half. Doncaster were a good footballing side under Sean O’Driscoll and played well, but we ended up 5-1 winners. Before that, I’d gone on loan to Watford and my debut was against Doncaster as well! And yes, my Premier League debut was pretty special as well. It was a great occasion and I played a small contribution to a huge season where we qualified for the Champions League.”
Below: Two views of the same, dramatic moment - Danny's spectacular debut goal against Arsenal
Over five years later and you’ve just passed 100 games for the club. Where do you see yourself at the moment?
Danny: “I just want to do better every season and I felt I did that last season. I managed to chip in with a few goals and assists as well. This season is no different, I want to push on again. Myself and Ben (Davies) are fighting to play in each and every game and that’s great for the club and great for us. As long as we’re both fit, we’ll both keep improving.”
You are one of a number of players in the squad to have come through our Academy alongside Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend, Nabil Bentaleb and now Alex Pritchard, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah are all pushing through. How important is that to the feel of the club and the team?
Danny: “For a start, we know each other inside-out and we look out for each other. If someone is having a difficult time we know what we have to do or say to pick them back up. I know Harry has got all the plaudits for scoring his goals but people don’t talk as much about how hard he works and what he does for the team. For me, he stands out with Nabil as players who will dig you out when you are in trouble and get your head back up. If we concede a goal the first person you’ll hear is Harry, shouting at everyone to keep going and it’s great when you’ve got someone like that who you’ve known for such a long time doing so well, it’s pretty inspirational. Of course, there’s the banter as well. Put it this way, we know how to wind each other up!”
Below: Danny on target last season in the 5-3 win against Chelsea
We’re unbeaten in 11 in the Premier League after the draw at Arsenal and there is a feel-good factor about the place at the moment.
Danny: “It’s very exciting. We’ve learned from our mistakes of last season in terms of conceding sloppy goals and now we’re confident that if we score one or two we can win the game. We know we’re always going to score goals with Harry up top and the likes of Christian and Sonny behind him. Erik Lamela and Mousa have hit some great form as well. We’re excited but we don’t want to look too far ahead. We’ve two London derbies coming up next against West Ham and Chelsea, two tough games, but an opportunity for us playing at home.”
So finally, West Ham are up next on Sunday – what are your thoughts on that one?
Danny: “It will be a tough game, as they always are against West Ham. I don’t remember anything different. Even a couple of years ago (2013-14) when they were fighting relegation they beat us three times and last season they were 2-0 up at White Hart Lane before we scored twice late on. It will be a test but we’re confident, especially at home."