England defender Danny Rose will fly members of his family to Moscow to watch the team’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, reversing previous advice the player had given for them not to visit Russia due to racism fears.
Ahead of the tournament, Rose had told family members not to travel to Russia over concerns they would suffer racist abuse, a decision which he later said had upset his father, Nigel Rose.
Rose previously suffered racist abuse while playing for England U-21s in Serbia six years ago, and had reportedly been concerned that he and family members would face similar treatment in Russia.
However, those fears have not materialized as the World Cup has been free of the mass violence and racism predicted by many in the UK press.
The England defender had indicated during the early stages of the tournament that he would be willing to reverse the decision, and according to the Times, Nigel Rose and other members of the family will now fly out to Moscow to watch the Three Lions’ World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.
Rose, 28, has seen limited game time in Russia, with Ashley Young being preferred in the left wingback role.
The Tottenham defender did however start England’s last group game against Belgium, and could feature from the bench against Croatia, as he did against Colombia in the last 16 match.