O’Neill to check on Rose’s mental state after racism row

RACE ROW ... Serbian player Milos Ninkovic, left, and England player Danny Rose, right, react during their 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off, second leg match between Serbia and England, in Krusevac, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct .16, 2012. Serbia is facing UEFA sanctions after England complained that its under-21s team was racially abused and missiles were hurled onto the pitch.
RACE ROW ... Serbian player Milos Ninkovic, left, and England player Danny Rose, right, react during their 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off, second leg match between Serbia and England, in Krusevac, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct .16, 2012. Serbia is facing UEFA sanctions after England complained that its under-21s team was racially abused and missiles were hurled onto the pitch.

MARTIN O’Neill doesn’t expect Danny Rose to be affected by a difficult week when he takes on Newcastle at the weekend.

Rose was at the centre of a racist storm in Serbia on Tuesday night after the Sunderland left-back suffered horrendous racial abuse in England Under-21’s game in Krusevac.

O’Neill will check on Rose’s mental state before the game, but his hunch is that that the on-loan Spurs defender will simply want to get straight back in the groove.

He said: “I’ve let things lie with Danny since they happened, and as far as this weekend’s game is concerned, I’ll look at how he is mentally closer to the game.

“But my thoughts are that he’s likely to just want to put it behind him now and get on with it.

“He is very disappointed with the state of affairs, and somewhat angry too.

“I’m sure there’ll be a lot more said over the next few days, and perhaps until we get the full picture, it’s best for me not to say too much.

“But it has been very disappointing from my point of view, given the efforts over the last few years, the concerted efforts, to eradicate racism from our game.

“It’s a difficult situation for him and I have the utmost sympathy for him. It’s something he shouldn’t have to endure.”