Tottenham defender Danny Rose has set his sights on winning back his place in both the Spurs and England starting XIs after making his long-awaited return from injury.
The 27-year-old made his first appearance since the very end of January, having damaged his knee and eventually requiring surgery, coming on as a late substitute against Real Madrid.
While he was sidelined he gave an explosive interview criticising Spurs’ transfer policy and hinting at a move away, while he was also heavily linked with a summer switch to Manchester United.
But he says he is only thinking about getting back into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans, and thanked fans for giving him such a warm reaction in Madrid.
‘It’s taken a lot longer than expected but I’m over the moon I’m back,’ Rose told reporters after Wednesday’s match.
‘I want to win my shirt back here, win my shirt back for England. I want to win something here this season and I want to be in the World Cup squad at the end of the season. My season starts now.’
On his controversial comments, he explained: ‘My opinions will be voiced in a different way from now on. I’ve been disciplined and we move forward together as a club.
‘I did what I did. I was expecting a frosty reception from the fans so I just have to say thank you to them for giving me a great reception when I came on and when I was training on the pitch after the game.
‘I’m trying to look forward now for the rest of the season. First and foremost I have to try to win my shirt back. [What I said has] gone now, my manager [Mauricio Pochettino] has forgotten about it and we all move forward and we try to win this club a trophy.’
Ben Davies has excelled at left-back in Rose’s absence, making the shirt his own, though is currently sidelined with an illness that has seen Jan Vertonghen deputise instead.