Danny Rose was left fuming last night after suggestions he was fuming with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Rose, was given a rare start in Spurs’ 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia at Wembley, but he had to be removed on 70 minutes after a clash of heads with Nicosia substitute Roland Sallai.
The full-back, who is trying to dislodge Ben Davies as Pochettino’s first-choice left-back, did not want to come off – the Spurs boss though was not in any mood to take any risks.
Kyle Walker-Peters came on to replace him and Rose, who has been courted by Manchester United, dashed straight down the tunnel.
The England man needed five stitches in a wound above his eye and afterwards there were suggestions Rose had fallen out with his boss again – after falling foul of the club in August ove comments he made about Spurs’ transfer policy and wage structure.
“This is getting silly now,” Rose said. “The manager said it was best I came off and I didn’t want to come off. That was it. I’ve seen already that people are saying we exchanged words. There is no issue between me and the manager. There has never been an issue. And people trying to put stuff in the media is not welcomed.
“For the last three and a half years, four years, the manager has been my biggest fan. He’s given me nothing but love and respect. There is no issue. There never will be an issue. People need to stop this because it’s not welcomed.”
Pochettino claimed afterwards “it was not necessary to take a risk” and that Rose simply wanted to stay on the field.
“Players are never happy when they are going out,” said the Tottenham boss.
“He had a big cut and the doctors said he needed a stitch and it was impossible to play.
“Of course the player was frustrated because it was Champions League but there’s nothing wrong.”
Rose delivered one of his best performances since coming back from injury as Tottenham coasted to a 3-0 victory with goals coming from Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-min and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
They had already secured first place in Group H but that will not guarantee a lesser opponent in Monday’s draw for the last 16. Bayern Munich and Juventus are the stand-out sides to avoid.
“Whoever is out there, we are confident we can beat anybody and we’ve proved that throughout the group stage,” Rose said.
“I wouldn’t like Bayern! But we don’t fear anybody. The manager would prefer us to have one of the top teams. He relishes those sorts of games.
“We’ve proved this season that we do turn up in these games in the group stage and we’ll be looking forward to the draw.”
Rose added: “I hope teams look at those performances and realise Tottenham are a team to be feared. When we turn up, we can beat anybody on our night.”
They will be one of five English teams in the hat as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all made it through.
Asked about the Premier League’s resurgence in Europe, Rose said: “I’m not sure. United had an easier group. Liverpool’s group, compared to ours, it wasn’t that difficult.
“I know many people won’t have thought we would have done as well as we have done and it’s credit to all the teams, and especially us.”