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Danny Rose is no longer automatic first choice at Tottenham .

Danny Rose is reportedly furious with Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham endured a thoroughly miserable 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby.

For some reason, the Lilywhites lacked the passion and energy that they've become renowned for under Mauricio Pochettino.

Simply put, the Gunners wanted it more. They were rewarded for their superior effort with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.

Spurs fans had other reasons to feel alarmed, even before kick-off.

Danny Rose was conspicuous in his absence from the team sheet, and while he isn't carrying an injury, the left-back didn't travel and was made to train with the other players who weren't involved back in Enfield.

If it was any other player, no big drama. However, given his antics in the most recent transfer window, it inevitably sparked rumours that there had been another falling out.

Indeed, the Sun claim he is fuming with Pochettino for dropping him, as he believed he was fit enough to play.

With the World Cup less than a year away, the 27-year-old sees it as vital that he gets as much game time as possible so he remains in Gareth Southgate's thinking for England.

Rose has history 

It has to be said this particular newspaper love to stir the pot when it comes to this story.

They were responsible for Rose's controversial interview in the summer, when he claimed he was open to a move away and hit out at Tottenham's wage structure and transfer policy.

Pochettino told reporters that Rose had simply been left behind because he is still in the process of recovering from a serious knee injury - though it appears the player himself doesn't agree.

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“Remember, we played without Danny for ten months, so we need to build up his fitness and for this game we decided it would be better for him to train rather than be on the bench," he said.

The England international, who is Spurs' longest-serving player, has been heavily linked with Manchester United. This latest situation has renewed that speculation, with the Sunday Mirror reporting that the Red Devils will offer £40million plus Luke Shaw.

Given Pochettino's reputation for transforming fairly mediocre full-backs into world-class talents, you wouldn't put it past him rekindling the excellent working relationship he enjoyed with Shaw at Southampton.

During Sky Sports' coverage of the derby, Jamie Redknapp suggested that Rose had already been "tapped up", so it could be very difficult for the club to brush this under the carpet.

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