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Danny's Swede dreams

Posted on 24 June 2009  - 12:00

Danny Rose believes England can go all the way in the European Under-21 Championship - and he's determined to play his part.

Danny's Swede dreams

Danny Rose believes England can go all the way in the European Under-21 Championship - and he's determined to play his part.

The midfielder, still only 18, made his first start at Under-21 level and played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Germany in Sweden on Monday night.

Stuart Pearce's squad had already qualified for the last four and the manager made a number of changes - not that it was apparent as the Three Lions dominated in Halmstad.

England now take on hosts Sweden in the semi-final in Gothenburg kicking-off at 5pm on Friday night.

"We're unbeaten in the tournament and if we can play like we did against Germany without a lot of the more experienced players, who knows what we might be able to do for the rest of the tournament?" Danny told us exclusively from Sweden.

"I think we have a great chance of winning it and we fear no-one out here."

Clive Allen, our Development Coach, said pre-tournament that Danny gave the squad value in his ability to make things happen in forward areas and the youngster goes along with that theory.

"What's good for me is that I can come on in different positions," he said. "We have a team meeting before every game and before Germany, the manager told the players to get the ball into my feet because he believed I could make something happen.

"I feel if I get the opportunity I can do that. It could be important as well as we're now at the semi-finals of the tournament. We're strong defensively so it only takes that one chance and it could be the difference between making the final or not."

Danny described the Germany match as 'a great experience'.

"We all wanted to show the manager that we're good enough and eager for a place in the semi-final," he explained.

"I said before I came out to the tournament that even if I didn't play a minute, I'd be happy to be involved. It wasn't until all the lads were buzzing after winning the first game that I realised that I really wanted to be part of it.

"I was gutted not to get on against Spain in the second game and when that's the case, you take that disappointment out onto the training pitch and try to show the manager that you are eager and want to play.

"When I saw my name on the teamsheet before Germany, that's when the butterflies hit me.

"The stadium is about an hour away from the hotel and I just plugged my iPod in and tried to get myself right. I must admit I do normally get nervous before games and that was as nervous as I've been!"