England left-back Danny Rose has conceded that it’s hard not to agree with Alan Shearer’s assessment that the Three Lions became a “laughing stock” after recent controversies.
As heard in the audio below, Shearer was left angered and frustrated following Sam Allardyce’s exit last month and was adamant that it reflected very poorly on English football as a whole around the rest of the world.
Allardyce lasted just 67 days in the job and left after a Telegraph investigation claimed he offered advice on how to circumvent rules on transfers.
With Gareth Southgate now in temporary charge ahead of this week’s World Cup qualifiers, Rose has admitted that it’s difficult to argue with Shearer’s comments but is hopeful that they can move forward now and pick up important results.
“I saw Alan Shearer say English football has become a laughing stock and it’s hard to say but I agree a bit with a manager losing his job after one game,” he said in a press conference on Wednesday, as noted by ESPN FC.
“It’s not good in any sense and whatever stance the FA take after the four games [under Southgate], I hope the next England manager will be one for the long term and help us to improve a bit in tournaments.
“I don’t want to say it’s a mess, but it’s not nice for English football.
“Everyone, the players, the manager and all the staff, we’ve got to take it on ourselves to try to lift the opinion of English football over the next few games.”
Rose will now look ahead and try to impress Southgate against Malta and Slovenia in order to keep his place in the team moving forward.
The 26-year-old returned from a hamstring injury to feature in Tottenham’s impressive win over Manchester City last weekend, and he’ll hope to continue to be a driving force at left-back for both club and country in the months ahead.
Having been a regular under both Allardyce, albeit for one game, and his predecessor Roy Hodgson, it will likely be his position to lose under Southgate.