Tottenham hero Danny Rose has revealed the strangest superstitions he’s encountered in football – including his own pre-match dinner ritual.
The England left-back admitted that if he has a great game he will keep on doing everything exactly as he did before that game, but will change everything as soon as he plays badly.
And in an exclusive video interview with Dressing Room DJ, Rose gave an insight into just how superstitious players including Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe can be.
Rose revealed: “I don’t have any major superstitions, nothing too strange. The only superstition I have is that I have to have spaghetti Bolognese the night before a game.”
But the Spurs defender admitted he didn’t know how his spag bol ritual got started, saying: “I’m not sure why it is. I might have had it one time before a game and played really well. I’m one of those that, if I do something the night before a game and play really well, I have to keep on doing it. If I have a bad game, I won’t do it again.”
Asked about the most unusual superstitions he’s encountered, Rose revealed: “I’ve played with Daniel Sturridge, and I’ve noticed he always walks backwards onto the pitch, both the training pitch and on match day.
“When he was at Spurs, Jermain Defoe said he’d always have the volume on his TV at 18. That was his squad number as well, so it was very strange. He has a surround sound in his house, and the speakers on that had to be at 18 too. That’s probably one of the strangest superstitions I’ve come across.”
But Rose refused to mock players who are superstitious, explaining: “If it’s working for you, then why not? Anything to get the best out of somebody. If they feel they have to be in a certain routine to get the best out of themselves, then why not?”
See our full video with Rose above to see him discuss his team-mate Kyle Walker’s superstition and Rose discussing the power of prayer before a game.