Tottenham Hotspur have always had a strong England contingent within their squad under national boss Gareth Southgate.
The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, and Harry Winks are all regulars for their club and country.
However, sometimes things are much bigger than football, or the country or club you support, as we found out last week.
England beat Montenegro 5-1 in a EURO 2020 qualifier, and the headlines should have been about fantastic performances from Hudson-Odoi, Sterling, Kane, Barkley and co.
However, all the headlines were about racist chanting from the Montenegro fans towards the likes of Sterling, Hudson-Odoi and Danny Rose.
There isn’t a true football fan in the world who thinks that this is acceptable, and many key figures surrounding English football have spoken out about the issue this week, after Montenegro were charged for the act.
Now Pochettino has weighed in on the non-debate, and updated us on how Rose is doing.
Poch said (Football London): “He’s ok, we wanted always from the beginning to show support, not only support to him but to Sterling and other people who feel it. But not only players, but we need to talk about not only players who we see easier, but people who feel the abuse every day in every single place in the world that we can’t see and it happens every day.
“That’s why I want to show support of course to Danny, Sterling, but for a lot of people who we don’t know, it happens and they don’t deserve to be abused. We need to fight against that, to try to stop that happening. In 2019, this situation still happening it’s something I can’t believe and it’s in our hands to do something to stop that.
“We need to apply our power to stop it happening. Nobody deserves to be abused and feel like Danny or Sterling or other people feel on the pitch and in the street.
“It’s important to know he’s [Danny’s] disappointed and frustrated, like everyone. We have the same feeling. What happened with Danny, what happened another player or other people it is like it is against you. We are very sensitive people and we care about values and principles in the world, human beings are so important. We share the same feeling. That is most important, when you feel that you share the feeling and I think if he is abused, or Simon or Jesus, it is like it is abuse against you. In the end, that support is the thing that can make you feel better.”
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