VIDEO: Rodwell's return
Wednesday, 17 November, 2010
Everton ace pleased to step-up his international comeback.
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Whilst England Under-21s returned home from Germany disappointed after their 2-1 defeat in Wiesbaden, one of the main positives for Stuart Pearce was the return to international action of Jack Rodwell.
The Everton man has been out of action for the majority of the season with a knee injury but has been back in contention for his club in recent weeks and then made his England return by playing for over an hour on Tuesday as he continued his step-up back to full fitness.
"The legs felt a bit tired in the end, as I've been out for nine weeks injured,” he told FATV after the game. “But it was good to get back out on the pitch with the Under-21s and I'm happy.
"It was tough when we went down to ten men, but we dug in and it was an okay performance in the end, but we know we can do better.
"It was a young squad with new faces, so it's a learning curve for us and we're just preparing for the Championships now.”
The Three Lions had a tough game made even harder for them early in the second half when debutant goalkeeper Jason Steele was harshly sent off, meaning England had to play the rest of the game with ten men and also with midfielder Henri Lansbury playing in Steele’s position.
Rodwell himself admits he thought it was a cruel decision to award a red card to the Middlesbrough ‘keeper, but believes experiences like this at international level can only help the team ahead of next summer’s European Championship Finals in Denmark.
"I spoke to Steeley after the game and he said he touched the ball and I thought that as well, so we'll have to look at it again,” he said.
"It's harsh on the lad on his debut though, but it's all preparation for the summer now and they were good opposition, as Germany always are.
"We had to dig in and show some spirit and the gaffer was pleased with that spirit in the second half.”
You can follow England Under-21s during the build-up and throughout next summer's Finals right here on TheFA.com and also at www.facebook.com/EnglandU21s .