Danny Rose has dominated the newspaper back pages for his comments in relation to his frustration at the lack of action taken against fans’ racism and revealed he is looking forward to retiring.
Rose has received support from supporters and players after speaking out and the next person to stand shoulder to shouler with the left back is former Spur, Jermaine Jenas.
Jenas believes that Rose can become an inspiration to future black players and to stand up to abuse like John Barnes and Cyrille Regis did in the 1980s.
Racist chanting was directed at several England players, including Rose, during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro and was not the first time he had experienced such behaviour on international duty. He was the subject of abuse while on England Under-21 duty in Serbia in 2012.
Racism has reared its ugly head in recent weeks with Juventus’ Moise Kean suffering racist abuse during a Serie A match against Cagliari.
“Danny should cherish being a player,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“All that passion he has, in order to get away from hatred, should be turned it into a position where young black players can look at him and know it’s going to be easier for them by the time they become professional footballers.”
He added: “I come from an era when [ex-Liverpool and England player] John Barnes was my hero.
“Along with [ex-West Brom and England striker] Cyrille Regis, it was an era when racism was rife – those players stood up to that.
“They handled it professionally, where they brought the game massively forward to allow the likes of Danny and I to play where it’s nowhere near as bad.
“I feel like Danny and [Manchester City and England winger] Raheem Sterling, who has taken the mantle, have a responsibility to continue that message, to stand up to it. Not wanting to turn your back.”
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