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Rose ready for U21 challenge

Posted on 10 June 2011  - 12:00

Danny Rose admits he feels 'privileged' to be in England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship Finals.

Rose ready for U21 challenge

Danny Rose admits he feels 'privileged' to be in England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship Finals.

One of the most prestigious tournaments on the football calendar kicks-off on Saturday with Belarus against Iceland and hosts Denmark facing Switzerland.

England get their campaign underway with a mouth-watering fixture against Spain on Sunday.

Danny, still just 20, enjoyed a storming end to the season at Spurs.

Injuries to Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw him start our final four matches in a new left-back role and win praise from team-mates and manager Harry Redknapp.

Another injury - this time to Arsenal left-back Kieron Gibbs - could well open the door for Danny to start in that left-back role again in Denmark.

Indeed, we could have a Spurs full-back pairing with Kyle Walker - so impressive on loan at Villa in the second half of last season - likely to start right-back.

Danny certainly didn't do his chances any harm with a goal in the Under-21s recent friendly win against Norway.

"For me, considering the amount of football I've played, I feel quite privileged to be in and around the squad and to have played as many times as I have," said Danny, who spent most of last season on loan at Bristol City in the Championship.

"I've managed to be in most of the squads and I hope that continues.

"We're very strong, one of the strongest squads out there. Everyone gets along with each other and we're all competing for places."

Danny was a late call into the last Under-21 finals two years ago, when England made it to the final only to be hammered 4-0 by Germany.

He only played in that final but has fond memories of the tournament.

"I was playing for the Under-19s and did well, Stuart Pearce was watching, Danny Welbeck then pulled out of the Under-21 squad and I was called-up," he reflected.

"Looking back, it was one of the best summers I've ever had.

"I only played one game, the final against Germany, but it was a great experience up against the likes of Ozil, Khedira and Boateng.

"The training was also fantastic, really sharp. It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to this tournament as well."