Danny Rose says he did not believe manager Mauricio Pochettino when he was told he would be captain in the FA Cup clash against Leicester.
The 25-year-old left-back, who began his career at Leeds United, has been a loyal servant for the north London club after he joined in 2007.
He was subsequently rewarded on his 107th appearance for Spurs with the armband as first-choice captain Hugo Lloris and vice-captain Harry Kane named on the substitutes’ bench in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
“It was a bit of a surprise,” admitted Rose via SpursTV.
“The manager only said an hour-and-a-half before kick off and I asked him if he was being serious! He said yes, so it was a proud moment for myself and my family.”
“I’ll hope there will be a few more games along the line where I can walk the team out, especially at White Hart Lane.”
Rose revealed the decision made by Pochettino gave him an extra boost to perform well and lead the same example as those who have donned the armband before him.
“There’s been Ledley [King], Daws [Michael Dawson] and obviously now we’ve got the best keeper in the league who is a No. 1 captain,” he added.
“I was sat before the game trying to prepare myself and when I found out. I was given an extra incentive to do well and spur the lads on whenever I could.”
Rose also conceded that the replay does make Tottenham’s upcoming schedule – which continues with another encounter against Leicester on Wednesday night in the Premier League – even harder, but is ultimately happy that the team are in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup.
“We could do without the replay because we’ve got a lot of games coming up over the next two weeks but nevertheless we’ve done well not to lose the game,” he said.
“We should expect a similar game — obviously they have [Jamie] Vardy and [Riyad] Mahrez coming back in who have been outstanding this season, so they’ll have a few key players coming back. So should we.
“The fans and the players should expect a similar game, with lots of possession and them trying to hit us on the counter-attack, but if we play as we did at Everton in the first half and how we did today in the first half, we can convert some chances, try to put the game to bed and close the gap on them to one point.
“We’ve got two winnable home games and we want to push ourselves up the league.”