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Danny's final countdown

Posted on 29 June 2009  - 12:00

Danny Rose is hoping to play a part on the big stage as England take on Germany in the European Under-21 Championship Final in Sweden on Monday night.

Danny's final countdown

Danny Rose is hoping to play a part on the big stage as England take on Germany in the European Under-21 Championship Final in Sweden on Monday night.

Malmo's New Stadium plays host to the final kicking-off at 7.45pm UK time.

Attacking midfielder Danny has played in one of England's four matches so far, the final group game against the Germans last week. He made his first start at Under-21 level and completed the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw.

Danny didn't feature in the nerve-wracking semi-final win over Sweden on Friday, where the Three Lions led 3-0 at half-time only for the hosts to hit back and incredibly level it at 3-3 in the second half. There were no further goals in extra-time so it went to penalties with England taking the shoot-out 4-3.

The goalposts have changed somewhat for coach Stuart Pearce going into the final with strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell, plus goalkeeper Joe Hart, all suspended.

"Out of the five games so far and obviously apart from the group game against Germany, this is probably the one I'm most likely to feature in because we've lost Fraizer and Gabby," said Danny from Sweden on Sunday.

"If we need a goal in the game or another attacking option, we haven't those strikers to call upon, so hopefully I'll be in a good position to get involved."

Danny said the squad will take positives from the group game where Pearce rested a number of players yet England dominated, despite going behind early.

"We can't get complacent but we drew with them in the group stages when we didn't field our strongest team," he reasoned.

"We played very well that night and we started with the likes of myself and Jack Rodwell, both 18, and some of the lads hadn't played for a few weeks because the Championship ended earlier in May.

"We can't just think now that we've got the likes of Theo Walcott, James Milner, Mark Noble to come in we'll walk all over them, but it's certainly something in our favour.

"Germany are a good team with talented players but we outplayed them that night and we can be confident.

"As I said before, we don't fear anyone and we all believe we can win."

As for the semi-final, Danny went through all the emotions from the bench.

"I was sat right behind the manager, we were 3-0 up and I heard him say 'one more goal and it's safe' and I remember thinking to myself 'what do you mean, one more goal, we're 3-0 up' but look what happened.

"I got complacent, I thought it was all over at half-time and it just shows it's not over until it's over.

"Everyone thought it was over apart from the gaffer and that shows the experience he has, he knows what's what.

"It wasn't nice watching a 3-0 lead slip but the lads showed great character to come back and win the penalty shoot-out."

Would he have fancied taking a penalty, rather than watching it all unfold? "No, not really!" he laughed. "You never know though - it could happen again in the final."