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I feared the fans would berate me for controversial comments: Rose

By Tom Allnutt

Danny Rose admitted he expected a negative reception from Tottenham fans when he came on against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Defender Rose, who in the summer suggested he wanted to leave the club, thanked Spurs' travelling support for their backing in the Bernabeu and insists he now wants to focus on winning back his place for Tottenham and England.

Spurs took a valuable point from their 1-1 draw with the European champions, with Rose making his first appearance since injuring his knee in January and since his controversial comments made in August.

Rose said he wanted to play up north before he retires and he was not being paid what he believes he is worth at Spurs. He also criticised the club's transfer policy.

The 27-year-old was made to apologise publicly but there was no hint of lingering animosity from Tottenham's supporters, who applauded him onto the pitch before singing his name.

"I was expecting a frosty reception from the fans so I just have to say thank you to them for giving me a great reception," Rose said. "I'm trying to look forward now for the rest of the season.

"It's gone now, my manager has forgotten about it and we all move forward and we try to win this club a trophy. It's forgotten about. My opinions will be voiced in a different way."

On his lengthy absence, Rose said: "It's taken a lot longer than expected but I'm over the moon.

"I want to win my shirt back here, win my shirt back for England. I want to win something."

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