Martin O'Neill plans Danny Rose talks before Sunderland face Newcastle

O'Neill relishing derby challenge

Danny Rose: A late decision will be made on whether the full-back plays for Sunderland against Newcastle

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Martin O'Neill will assess Danny Rose's frame of mind before deciding whether to pick the on-loan full-back for Sunderland's derby with Newcastle United on Sunday.

Rose said he was the victim of racist abuse after he was sent off at the end of England Under 21s' European Championship qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday night.

An investigation has been launched into the allegations and O'Neill is confident that Rose will take the traumatic experience in his stride.

However, with Sunderland entertaining their local rivals Newcastle this weekend, O'Neill will not rush into a decision on Rose's availability.

The Black Cats boss said: "I will give him the opportunity just to let things lie for a day or two and I will speak to him closer to the time and see what frame of mind he is in.

"You are hoping that young players who might not have experienced things like that there before can respond positively.

"I am sure he will do and hopefully at some stage or another, he will take it in his stride.

"But I would just really point out that everybody here at the football club, and I am quite sure at his own football club, is very much on his side."

Both national associations have since been charged by UEFA in connection with the incident with the Serbian FA, to the astonishment of their English counterparts, having branded Rose's behaviour "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar".

"It is a difficult situation for him and I have obviously the utmost sympathy for and empathy with him. It's something he shouldn't have to endure, and that goes for all concerned."

Martin O'Neill

O'Neill was reluctant to comment until all the facts are available, but said: "He is naturally disappointed with the state of affairs, and somewhat angry as well, but I am sure there will be a lot more said about it in the next few days.

"Maybe until we get the full picture, from my viewpoint maybe the less said, other than the fact that I think it's been very, very disappointing, particularly considering the efforts that have gone in over the last couple of seasons here to eradicate racism from our game.

"It is a difficult situation for him and I have obviously the utmost sympathy for and empathy with him. It's something he shouldn't have to endure, and that goes for all concerned.

"I notice he had some words with the assistant manager (Steve Wigley), who said to him at the time, 'Listen, try to get through and then we will fight the case afterwards', and I think that's probably what is going to happen."

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