11 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Rose has followed the likes of Ledley King, Michael Dawson and now Hugo Lloris into battle, so it was no surprise to listen to him talk with such pride after wearing the captain’s armband himself for the first time against Leicester City on Sunday.
The longest-serving player in the current squad having arrived from Leeds United in July, 2007, Danny admitted his surprise at being named skipper 90 minutes before kick-off.
He went on to put in a typically dynamic display down the left flank that ended with the key moment – his dart into the box in the 88th minute saw Nathan Dyer penalised for handball and allowed Harry Kane to smash home from the spot for 2-2.
“Mauricio only said to me about an hour and a half before kick-off that I was captain,” said Danny. “I asked him if he was being serious!
“I was sitting there preparing myself and when I found out I felt I was given an extra incentive to try to do well and to spur the lads on whenever I could.
“I’ve played with captains like Ledley, Michael Dawson and now Hugo, the best goalkeeper in the league. I’m just happy that I can be added to that list.
“It’s a proud moment for me and my family and I hope there will be a few more games down the line where I can walk the team out, especially here at White Hart Lane.”
Below: Danny speaks to Spurs TV after the 2-2 draw
Danny on the 2-2 draw…
“We could do without the replay because we’ve a lot of games coming up but nevertheless, we’ve done well not to lose the game. I thought it was going to be a repeat of last season (when we played Leicester in the fourth round) when we went 1-0 up, played well in the first half and I still don’t know how they scored two goals out of nothing. It was a great response and it was nice to see Harry come on and save the day for us.”
Danny on Leicester being such a tough nut to crack…
“Credit to Leicester, that’s what they’ve done all season and it was no surprise to us. We did a lot of team shape on Saturday and the gaffer said we’d have a lot of the ball, especially in the wide areas and we’d have to try and use it as well as we can. They put their bodies on the line, blocked a lot of shots and crosses but thankfully we managed to get the equaliser to earn a replay.”
Danny on the importance of not going out of the FA Cup…
“I was here in 2008 when we won the League Cup Final and lucky enough to be part of the team that got to the League Cup Final last year and it would be great if we could have a good FA Cup run this season, so I’m glad we’re still involved. We’ll go to Leicester for the replay and try to progress to the next round.”