Danny Rose

Watford have terminated the contract of former England defender Danny Rose.

Rose joined the Hornets on a two-year-deal last summer after ending a 13-year-association with Tottenham.

However, he struggled at Vicarage Road and made just nine appearances last season.

The left-back last featured in December after falling out of favour under former Watford boss Claudio Ranieri.

And the Hornets have now agreed a mutual termination of Rose’s contract, despite him still having a year left on his deal, capping a tumultuous few years for the 29-capped England international.

The 32-year-old spent 13 years at Spurs after arriving from Leeds United as a teenager, before joining Watford on a free transfer.

Rose had become an important player for Spurs in Mauricio Pochettino’s side but struggled for game time following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager in November 2019.

The pair fell out publicly, as Rose’s rant in the manager’s office about his lack of playing time was shown in the ‘All or Nothing’ Amazon Documentary.

The left back was loaned out to Newcastle shortly afterwards, and failed to make an appearance the following season.

Watford offered him a way back by offering him a contract last summer, but the man who burst onto the scene with a North London derby goal on debut now appears to be looking for a new club once again.

A club statement from the Hornets said: ‘Watford FC and Danny Rose have agreed a mutual cancellation of the defender’s contract with both parties in agreement that their futures will head in different directions.

‘The Hornets thank Danny – who featured nine times last season in addition to the seven games on loan he played in 2008/09 – for his service and wish him well for his next opportunity.’

Rose had been spotted playing for Tottenham’s Under 21 side earlier this summer, after the Watford Observer reported he was training with his former club at his own request as he looked to force a move away from Vicarage Road.

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