Danny Rose reveals he is a long way away from ideal Tottenham fitness

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

The defender was also quick to point out the positives from the recent draw with Everton.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tottenham defender Danny Rose says he is a long, long way away from his ideal fitness levels.

The defender came in to Mauricio Pochettino’s side against Everton last week in place of Ben Davies, having missed the previous three games through injury.

He produced a lively display throughout the fixture as well before noticeably tiring late on, and says he is a long, long way away from the fitness levels that helped him put in the performances which earned him rave reviews last season.

“I got really tired after 65 to 70 minutes so I’m a long, long way to getting back to how I finished last season,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.

“That said, I’ve given myself a nice platform and it’s a shame for me that international break comes so quickly because I’d like to build on this performance today.”

Clean sheet a positive for Spurs

The defender has also said that their ability to keep a clean sheet against the Toffees should not be ignored.

It was a frustrating game for Spurs as they had a number of chances to win the game, with Harry Kane being denied while one on one by Tim Howard, who put in a fine display to ensure he left White Hart Lane with his clean sheet intact.

Having conceded four goals in their first three games before the Everton fixture though, Rose says that it was nice to get a clean sheet, but admits it was disappointing that they could not finish their chances and secure all three points.

“It was nice to get a clean sheet as we haven’t had one yet this season,” he added.

“We created some very good chances but we just couldn’t finish them and put the ball in the back of the net. It’s disappointing in that respect, but we played a lot better today than we have done and we didn’t concede any goals so there are some positives to take from the game.”

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