‘Shearer’s right, we’re a joke’


Danny Rose agrees with former England striker Alan Shearer that the national team have become a “laughing stock” and has backed Mauricio Pochettino to one day take over the national side.

Former England captain Shearer said the country had hit a new low following Sam Allardyce’s exit after just one game in chargefollowing allegations he discussed how to circumvent rules on player transfers while speaking to undercover Daily Telegraph reporters.

Tottenham defender Rose trained under England’s interim manager Gareth Southgate on Tuesday ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, and the left-back admitted Shearer was right to label the current set-up a joke.

“I saw Alan Shearer say English football has become a laughing stock and it’s hard to say but I agree a bit with a manager losing his job after one game,” he said.

“It’s not good in any sense and whatever stance the FA take after the four games (under Southgate), I hope the next England manager will be one for the long term and help us to improve a bit in tournaments.

“When Roy Hodgson lost his job, we were all there together. It was a sad experience for me because we all knew at the time and we saw Roy’s face at the time.

“There’s only so much stick a manager can take and there has to be a point where the players look at themselves and say ‘it’s not good enough’. With Sam, it came from nowhere. I was just thinking ‘who will it be now?’.

“I don’t want to say it’s a mess, but it’s not nice for English football.

“Everyone, the players, the manager and all the staff, we’ve got to take it on ourselves to try to lift the opinion of English football over the next few games – starting with a positive performance on Saturday against Malta and then another positive performance against Slovenia.”

Rose revealed he has been in conversation with Allardyce since his departure from the England role and insisted the former West Ham and Sunderland boss had a positive impact during his time in charge.

“I’ve managed to speak to him since he left. I don’t know the full ins and outs of what has happened but I still wish him the very best for the future – and I told him that when I spoke to him,” said Rose.

“I texted him, sent a message, thanked him for including me in his first England squad and allowing me to earn another cap for England and told him that I was sorry he’d lost his job and wished him the best for the future.

“He was brilliant when he was there. It was only a week to 10 days (with the players) but he was such a good laugh, really approachable and he allowed us to play as well.

“He texted me back and said it was a good battle between me and Raheem on Sunday after the Man City game.”