By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Rose has urged the next crop of Tottenham academy stars to be “optimistic” about graduating to the first team – if they focus on the two qualities Mauricio Pochettino is looking for.
Rose is one of a number of current Spurs’ first-teamers to graduate from an academy that has also produced Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Nabil Bentaleb and Josh Onomah as well as Andros Townsend, who joined Newcastle in January.
With Dele Alli and Eric Dier also nailing down a place in Pochettino’s team, there is a clear pathway from the youth ranks to the senior set-up.
Rose, Alli, Kane, Dier and Kyle Walker are the five Spurs players in England’s initial 26-man squad for Euro 2016 and all are expected to make the final cut.
Indeed, four of the five – Alli, Kane, Dier and Rose – are likely to start England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia on Saturday, 11 June.
Rose, 25, has urged the next generation at White Hart Lane to follow in the footsteps of the current crop of internationals.
“It’s a great achievement for Tottenham to have five players in the England squad,” Rose said, as quoted by the Mirror. “I’ve spoken to our manager and he quite openly said he loves working with English players. He said he’d be silly to come to manage an English club and not want to play English players.
“If I was an English kid at Tottenham in the Under-16s, U18s or U21s, I’d be very optimistic, believing I’d get my chance under this manager.”
Rose and company have thrived at White Hart Lane under Pochettino in a team that finished third in the Premier League after challenging for the title up until the final two matches of the season.
The left-back says his club boss values the attitude and energy of English players over their quality.
He told the Mirror: “One thing about this manager is that technique is not the first thing on his list that he looks for. It is your attitude and how far you’re willing to run, not just for yourself but for the person next to you – if you’ve got that, you are going to go a long way with him.
“There’s a lot of hard double training sessions, gym sessions. It’s tiring but you see how the manager has us playing with so much energy – with and without the football – and I wouldn’t want another way of playing.”
In other Tottenham news, the club are closing in on the signing of a new striker after an agreement was reached.