Danny Rose has not been the most popular player at Tottenham Hotspur due to his explosive claims prior to the start of the season.
In an interview with The Sun, the left-back criticised the club’s transfer activity, as well as their wage structure.
He also questioned the club’s ambition and indicated that he would one day like to return to the North of England, which sparked rumours about a possible switch to Manchester United.
Rose was shielded from the furore following the interview as he recovered from a knee injury.
The England international has since been welcomed back into the Mauricio Pochettino’s team, but he has been in and out of the side.
In total, the 27-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions, five of which have been Premier League starts.
On Sunday, the left-back played in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Spotland Stadium.
After Harry Kane’s late penalty – which the players mistakenly thought was the winner – Rose approached one of the TV cameras and said “Ryan Mason” before kissing the lens.
A beautiful moment in the beautiful game 🙌https://t.co/AlBWzJBTe1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 18, 2018
The former Tottenham midfielder was forced to retire last week at the age of 26 due to a head injury.
The Hull City player fractured his skill in January 2017 during a collision of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, and due to the risks involved, Mason was advised by medics to walk away from competitive football.
Despite some fans still harbouring ill feelings towards Rose for his interview in the summer, many praised the left-back for his tribute to Mason.
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) February 18, 2018
Enjoyed Rose shouting the Ryan Mason tribute into the camera after we scored. I always like to see footballers do decent things that normal blokes would do. #COYS
— Harry Hotspur (@lemacco) February 18, 2018
— Kieran Kirschner (@kkirschy23) February 18, 2018
That was class by Danny and the media will ignore it.
— tweetmicka (@tweetmicka) February 18, 2018
Best thing about that game was Danny Rose’s shout out to Mason #COYS
— Dan #COYS (@DanRob86) February 18, 2018
— Emma Wilkinson (@EmmaWilko18) February 18, 2018
— Joel Gleicher (@JoelG_88) February 18, 2018
— KPG (@notoriouskpg_) February 18, 2018
— Craig Silver (@CraigSilverReal) February 18, 2018