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Taking full advantage

Posted on 11 August 2010  - 12:00

Danny Rose knows now is the perfect time to make the most of his opportunities with England U21.

Taking full advantage

Danny Rose knows now is the perfect time to make the most of his opportunities with England U21.

And the midfielder is certainly doing that, hitting his second goal in nine appearances for the Young Lions in Tuesday night's friendly win over Uzbekistan.

With a number of Under-21 players being called into Fabio Capello's senior squad for tonight's friendly with Hungary, the opportunity is there for the likes of Danny and fellow Spur Kyle Walker, who also played a starring role for Stuart Pearce's side on his second cap at this level.

And with still just the solitary Premier League appearance to his name - although a memorable one at that - Danny knows any chance to impress must not be taken lightly, as he proved with another promising display in front of Capello and co at Ashton Gate.

Back at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday, he said: "The gaffer [Pearce] said before the game last night that now is the best time for young English players to be pushing through to the senior squad.

"We've seen with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and now the two goalkeepers as well that there is a path of opportunity there.

"It is hard because not everyone is playing regularly at club level, so when you get the opportunity to play in front of the senior manager you have to make the most of it and hopefully the club games will pick up from there."

The 20-year-old continued: "I feel as if I'm going to do well every time I go away with England. I enjoy playing under Stuart Pearce - he makes you feel loved and makes me feel like one of the better players in the team, which gives you a lot of confidence.

"Some of the more senior players were left out last night because he wanted to have a look at the likes of Phil Jones [Blackburn] and Jordan Henderson [Sunderland], but I feel everyone who came in did well."

On Kyle's impressive display, Danny added: "He's settled in very well. I know Jack Rodwell got the man of the match last night but Kyle was certainly a close contender. He's energetic and always getting up and down that wing."