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Rose can be a thorn!

Posted on 15 June 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen believes Danny Rose can make an impact during the European Under-21 Championships.

Rose can be a thorn!

Clive Allen believes Danny Rose can make an impact during the European Under-21 Championships.

The young attacking midfielder is our only representative in the England squad after impressing for England Under-19s at the end of the season. His team-mates Jamie O'Hara, Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone are all ruled out through injury.

England kick-off the tournament in Sweden on Monday evening against Finland before facing Spain and Germany.

After missing almost eight months of the season with a knee injury, Danny has responded well with positive performances on loan at Watford, for the reserves and for our Academy side.

"It's a fantastic bonus for Danny to be in the squad and to be involved in such a big tournament," said Development Coach Clive.

"I spoke to the England Under-19 coach Brian Eastwick and he was singing Danny's praises and now he has this opportunity after what has been a difficult season with the injury.

"Hopefully we'll see him get a chance and if he does, he's the type of player who can make something happen.

"When a game is tight, he's always very positive and looks to get into the box and cause problems for defences.

"England have a strong squad in Sweden and after what happened last time (they lost on penalties in the semi-final in 2007) I'm sure Stuart Pearce and the players will look to go one step further. Hopefully they'll win it."