Rose agrees with 'laughing stock' comment

Danny Rose

England left-back Danny Rose says Alan Shearer was right to call the national team a “laughing stock” following Sam Allardyce’s departure as manager.

Allardyce left his role after the Daily Telegraph said he told undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to “get around” player transfer rules.

“It’s hard to say but I agree a bit [with Shearer], with a manager losing his job after one game,” said Rose.

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

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Allardyce had taken over from Roy Hodgson in the aftermath of England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

Former England captain Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances, said: “I didn’t think England could stoop any lower from what happened in the summer at the Euros. Now here we are, a laughing stock of world football.”

Gareth Southgate has been placed in interim charge for four games, starting with World Cup qualifiers against Malta at Wembley on 8 October and in Slovenia three days later.

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

“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?’

“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.”

Rose was part of the England side that beat Slovakia in their opening World Cup qualifier, Allardyce’s sole game in charge.

“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,” said Rose.

“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.”

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