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Our latest Young Lion speaks

Posted on 3 June 2009  - 12:00

Danny Rose has revealed his delight for the first time since being called up to represent England at this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Sweden.

Our latest Young Lion speaks

Danny Rose has revealed his delight for the first time since being called up to represent England at this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Sweden.

The midfielder, yet to make his first team debut at Spurs following his move from Leeds United in July 2007, was added to Stuart Pearce's 23-man squad on Tuesday - the day of his 19th birthday - after a number of injury withdrawals.

Danny had already been invited to take part in the Under-21s training camp in Spain this week ahead of the Championships, which begin on June 15.

But it wasn't until he shone in three games for the England Under-19s over the past week that he put himself firmly in the reckoning for the Swedish adventure.

He told tottenhamhotspur.com: "I played for the Under-19s against Slovakia last Friday in front of Stuart Pearce and Sir Trevor Brooking, and I had a good game.

"After that, I spoke to my friend Danny Welbeck and found out he had dropped out of the Under-21 squad. There had already been a few withdrawals, so I started to think I might be in with a shout.

"When I had finished training with the Under-19s on Saturday, the coach, Brian Eastick, pulled me to one side and said that Stuart Pearce wanted a word with me.

"Even though I could almost see it coming by that stage, I was still in shock when I heard."

No matter what happens at the tournament, the news has ended Danny's season on the highest possible note after what at one point was looking like a year to forget.

After impressing in the Under-18 and Reserve sides during his first season at the Club, the Doncaster-born starlet was struck down by a serious knee injury last September that threatened to wreck his campaign.

Despite what he describes as a bitter blow, Danny worked hard to get back fit for the latter part of the season, when he enjoyed a loan spell at Championship side Watford, playing seven games, before returning to N17 and impressing Harry Redknapp.

"The six months I spent out injured were the worst six months of my life," he said. "I was down, especially seeing Harry Redknapp come in and give other young players a chance in the first team.

"But I came back, started playing well, and I was lucky that the Club let me go out on loan to Watford, and lucky again to get to go to such a big club.

"If I wasn't starting games at Watford, I knew I would be coming off the bench and playing half an hour here and there.

"That sort of experience can only benefit me, and that shows in how I am playing at the moment.

"I've been in some good form as of late. I felt I was playing well at Watford and carried that into training when I got back to Spurs.

"I got on the bench for the first team game against Everton, mainly due to injuries, but it still felt good."

Now Danny has been thrust into a group of the best young players this country has to offer in an environment that can only be described as perfect preparetion for future senior international tournaments - such as World Cups and European Championships - that all Young Lions hope to one day be involved in.

"I'm still over-the-moon that I've been selected, and even if I don't play a minute of football at this tournament, I'll still feel privileged just to be out there," Danny concluded.

"Stuart Pearce must think highly of me to even consider taking me out there with these kind of players at such an important tournament.

"I want to test myself alongside the best players in England, so hopefully the experience will improve me and I can come back to Spurs and show the manager I'm good enough to be part of his squad."

Danny and his new team-mates take on Azerbaijan in a friendly at Milton Keynes next Monday before beginning their European Championship campaign against Finland a week later.