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Danny's big weekend

Posted on 27 July 2009  - 12:00

Although our Wembley Cup campaign ended in disappointment on Sunday, it was a weekend to remember for young midfielder Danny Rose.    

Danny's big weekend

Although our Wembley Cup campaign ended in disappointment on Sunday, it was a weekend to remember for young midfielder Danny Rose.

After putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract at the Club on Friday, the 19-year-old then took to the world-famous arena to experience valuable game time against both Barcelona and Celtic.

Things keep improving for Danny after a nightmare 2008-09 campaign, most of which he sat out on the sidelines through injury.

Since then, he made his senior debut during a loan spell at Watford late last season, was called up to the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships, and has spent all summer training with the first team before this weekend.

"That's football for you," Danny told Spurs TV Online. "One minute you can be down in the dumps and the next you can be on top of the world.

"Last season was very difficult for me. I had to be mentally strong to get through it and I did. I went away with England Under-21s and then had a good week with Spurs down in Devon at the training camp.

"The coaches have noticed that I've come back stronger for this season and I feel that I've earned my new contract."

Although a 1-1 draw with Barca followed by a 2-0 defeat against Celtic was not what we would have hoped for from the weekend, Danny chose to focus on the positives.

"The Celtic result wasn't good but the second half performance from the lads was a little bit more pleasing because we created a few chances and were a bit unlucky not to score.

"But for me it's just great to play at Wembley, especially against teams like Barcelona and Celtic in a tournament like this.

"It's still pre-season and it's more about performances than results. I'm sure we'll take everything we've done wrong over the weekend and put it right in the coming weeks."

See the full interview only on Spurs TV Online, along with post-Barcelona reactions from Heurelho Gomes and goalscorer Jake Livermore.

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