So much for Danny Rose being on the way out.
So much for the 29-year-old appearing at the beginning of the end after being left out of his club’s tour of Asia during the summer.
The presumption back then was that new signing Ryan Sessegnon would take his place for Spurs this season and that Ben Chilwell would nab his England spot.
Rose has started all four games so far this season for his club – with Sessegnon injured – and was the man with the shirt for the Three Lions at Wembley on Saturday.
“I don’t need to prove myself to anybody,” he said. “I have a manager at club level who knows me.
“You look at last season – I played in the quarter-final of the Champions League, I played in the semi-finals of Champions League, I played in the final.
“So I’ve got a manager there who believes in me. Then if you look at international I’ve got a manager that whenever I’ve been available for selection I’ve been chosen.
“He fully believes in me and I’m very grateful. I don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove to anybody and I feel as if I’ve done enough over the years to prove my worth.
“I obviously just want to repay everybody that’s shown faith in me and it’s been a great start to the campaign and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.
“I guess I should be happy with maybe being up for sale and having started the first four games for Tottenham and the first England game of the campaign.”
Straight-talking Rose is known for being a realist in relation to his Spurs future.
In June he claimed he was not sure whether he would stay beyond the summer, suggesting the north Londoners tend typically to move on players of a certain age.
“It’s not about regular first-team football,” he said at the time after 36 appearances in all competitions. “I know my age and I know how the club’s run.”
Rose does, however, believe some aspects of his relationship with the club have been misconstrued and intends – eventually – to put the record straight.
“It wasn’t tough, it is what it is,” he added. “Everything that was publicised in the summer was not entirely true and I think in the future I will have my say on everything that happened but I don’t want to focus on negativity at the minute.
“I can’t lie, I am very happy, but I just want to say that everything that was written in the summer wasn’t entirely true.”
What is true is that Rose and Chilwell remain in a straight fight for England’s left-back slot – with each fully supportive of the other.
“I don’t know if I’m the first choice,” said Rose modestly. “I and Chilly have to do everything to help each other and help the team.
“If I play I don’t think it’s going to be a disadvantage and if Chilly plays it’s not going to be a disadvantage for the team.
“We both offer great qualities and I’m a massive fan of Chilly’s. I’ve got two of his shirts at my house and one hung up on my wall.
“I feel very lucky to be able to share this spot with him and be able to help him in any way. If I don’t play I’m going to be cheering him on and hopefully learn from what he can do.”