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Spurs star: ‘It’s no secret I haven’t been happy this season’

11:57 01 May 2012

Danny Rose

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Danny Rose admits he has endured a “very frustrating” season at Tottenham after waiting until Sunday’s showdown with Blackburn for his first Premier League start of the campaign.

The 21-year-old is set for a belated run in the Spurs team after Benoit Assou-Ekotto dislocated his shoulder in the 1-0 defeat at QPR.

It is a very similar story to last season when Rose, who spent the first half of the 2010/11 campaign on loan at Bristol City, had to wait until May 7 to make his first appearance for the Lilywhites.

Again, the left-back was eventually given his chance because of an injury to Assou-Ekotto, as he started the final four games against Blackpool, Manchester City, Liverpool and Birmingham.

And, although Rose has made 18 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season, he admits that he has been exasperated by his lack of action.

“It’s been very frustrating,” he told London24. “I wanted to go out on loan at the start of the season, and in January, and I wasn’t allowed. But it looks like I’m in the team for the end of the season now so I’ve just got to play well and take it from there.

“I haven’t been happy, there’s been no secret in that. The team hasn’t been rotated that much. But now that Benoit’s out for the season I’ve just got to make the most of these last couple of games and do well – not only for myself but for the team as well, because we have been struggling lately in terms of results. We’ve got to finish the right way and hopefully finish fourth.

“I was allowed to go out [on loan] last season, and the season before that, to get games. But the gaffer manages the club and he’s obviously felt that he might need me at some stage.

“It’s a shame that my chance has come at the latter stage of the season, but I’m just going to make the most of it and hopefully I can finish strongly, and the team can finish strongly, and we can get fourth.”

Rose is also hoping that his late surge into Tottenham’s first team will be followed by an Olympic call-up as he eyes a spot on the Great Britain team at London 2012.

GB boss Stuart Pearce has cut his initial squad of 191 players down to a short-list of 80, and is due to select a final 18-man outfit later this month.

Pearce will only be able to pick three players over the age of 23 – and 21-year-old Rose says he would be delighted to be involved in the tournament and compete for an Olympics medal.

“I was in the first short-list. I don’t know if I’m in the 80-man list but I’d love to go to the Olympics,” he said. “It’s a one-off occasion and it’s in London as well so I’d love to go.

“I know the manager [Pearce] pretty well. He drafted me into the England Under-21s when I was 18 or 19, and I get on very well with him.

“Whenever I go away with the Under-21s I always seem to get some minutes, whether it’s starting or coming on as a sub, and if I’m in the 80-man list it would be very nice to go.”

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