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Danny's dream fades

Posted on 30 June 2009  - 12:00

Danny Rose's dream of playing a part in the European Under-21 Championship Final and bringing home a winner's medal ended in heartbreak on Monday night.

Danny's dream fades

Danny Rose's dream of playing a part in the European Under-21 Championship Final and bringing home a winner's medal ended in heartbreak on Monday night.

The midfielder was an unused substitute as the Three Lions were mauled 4-0 by Germany in the final at Malmo's New Stadium.

Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring in the first half, Mesut Ozil doubled it early in the second half and two late goals from Sandro Wagner made it a tough night for Stuart Pearce's men.

Danny played in one of England's five matches in Sweden but insists it's been a valuable experience for him to be away with the squad at such a big tournament.

"It's been great. I've learned something from every game and it's an experience I wouldn't change for the world," said Danny, still just 18.

"Just being around a group of players like this improves you as a player, training is so fast and intense.

"Hopefully, the management team at Spurs will also have seen that I did well in the group game against Germany and that I've not been out of my depth at this level and that can only benefit me as well."

JOY FOR GOMES

Heurelho Gomes was also an unused substitute but delighted to pick up a winner's medal as Brazil lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa on Sunday.

Back in the squad for the first time since 2006, the popular goalkeeper remained on the bench throughout the tournament with Inter Milan's Julio Cesar the number one.

A shock looked on the cards as the USA stormed into a 2-0 lead by half-time in Johannesburg but Brazil hit back with three goals in the second half to secure the trophy.

It was the second Confederations Cup medal for Gomes having been part of the successful Brazil squad in 2005.

Gomes, Confeds Cup, 2009