Mauricio Pochettino plays down Danny Rose omission

Spurs full back Danny Rose in action against Espanyol on August 10, 2013
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Mauricio Pochettino plays down Danny Rose's omission from his Europa League side, claiming that it was for 'footballing reasons'.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down Danny Rose's omission from his Europa League squad, saying that it is only for 'footballing reasons'.

Rose was subject to racial abuse while playing for England's Under-21s two years ago in Serbia.

The left-back was sent off during the game due to his reaction to the abuse, which was condemned by the Serbian Football Association.

"No, it's not for that reason that he did not come," Pochettino told Sky Sports News.

"I know about the problems two years ago but they are not the reason he is not here now.

"The decision was based on football only. All my selection decisions are based on football always."

Tottenham travel to Serbia to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager directs his players during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014
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