DANNY Rose immediately set his sights on facing Newcastle United after arriving at the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day.
“I can’t wait for the Newcastle game to see what that’s like,” said Rose, on his first interview with the Gazette.
But the build-up to Rose’s derby bow continues to be overshadowed by the deplorable scenes in England Under-21s’ victory in Serbia on Tuesday night after the Sunderland left-back was subjected to a barrage of racist abuse from the home supporters.
That is an accusation the Serbian FA refutes, releasing an astonishing statement yesterday denying there was any racist chanting and claiming Rose “behaved in an inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters”.
Both television footage, subsequent supporter videos and testimonies from those in attendance have made a mockery of those assertions.
But Rose, pictured, who returned to training at the Academy of Light this morning ahead of Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby, can only hope UEFA now take the appropriate action against Serbia.
Bizarrely, both England and Serbia were charged by UEFA last night – England for improper conduct of their players and Serbia for “alleged racist chanting” by fans. The case will be dealt with on November 22.
Yet Rose has been unequivocal in his demands for Serbia to be banned from competitive action after laying clear the extent of the abuse yesterday.
The 22-year-old said: “They have to be banned. I don’t understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned.
“They started the monkey chanting straight away. I asked the lads if they could hear it and they said they could.
“In the second half I had two stones hit me on the head when I went to get the ball for a throw-in. Every time I touched the ball there was monkey chanting again.”
Rose was left equally mystified by the second yellow card he received after the final whistle, presumably for kicking the ball away following a tussle with the Serbian players after Sunderland striker Connor Wickham’s last-gasp winner.
“I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away,” added Rose.
“That’s when I kicked the ball – and the referee sent me off. I don’t understand, the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball.
“As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but it chanting started long before I got sent off.”