Danny Rose has opened up about his difficult summer at Tottenham – but wants to focus on the positives moving forward.

Rose was left out for Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for Spurs’ trip to the Far East in July and his time at the club looking almost certain to be coming to an end. But despite that and then some late links with Watford on deadline day – with Rose reportedly at their training ground as the clock ticked towards – he remained a Tottenham player.

And with Ben Davies out injured at the beginning of the campaign, the England defender has started all four of Tottenham’s Premier League matches this season, although he is yet to hit his best form and suffered a difficult afternoon in last weekends North London derby.

Despite that form, Rose was still called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo and played 90 minutes against the former as the Three Lions romped to a 4-0 victory at Wembley.

And the 29-year-old is grateful to still be starting for both club and country.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the left-back said: “It wasn’t tough, it is what it is. Not everything that was publicised in the summer was entirely true and I think in the future I will have my say on everything that happened but I don’t want to focus on negativity at the minute.

“I guess I should be happy with maybe being up for sale and having started the first four games for Tottenham and the first England game of the campaign. I can’t lie I am very happy, but I just want to say that everything that was written in the summer wasn’t entirely true.”



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