Danny Rose wants to lift England's Euro hopes as he eyes return versus Norway
England v Norway
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A Match
5pm, Saturday 8 June 2013
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2HD
Danny Rose is hoping to be back in action for England Under-21s on Saturday night in their vital Euro 2013 encounter with Norway.
After defeat to Italy on day one, which the Tottenham Hotspur defender missed due to suspension, he wants to help Stuart Pearce’s side get their Finals campaign back on track.
Rose and team mate Tom Ince were both unavailable after being banned for events during their play-off game away in Serbia when they clinched qualification for Israel.
But as they prepare for the clash with the Norwegians in Petah Tikva on Saturday night, Rose hopes the return of both himself and Ince, as well as Wilf Zaha, can help them claim an important result.
“It was frustrating for me and Incey, and obviously Henri [Lansbury] who got injured,” Rose told TheFA.com.
”From mine and Inceys’ perspective it was harder to take. We felt that we didn’t deserve to miss the game on Wednesday.
“We really wanted to help the lads out because we were struggling. Hopefully the gaffer will put us back in and we can lift the lads.”
With Norway registering a point in their opener with the hosts Israel, defeat for the Three Lions would see the eliminated from the competition.
But Rose knows that a victory would put them in a great position to qualify from the group and reach the last four.
“We have to take this chance. We’re bottom of the group and we need a win to give us a chance of progressing through to the semis,” he said.
“We all want to do that, it’s a great competition, and we want to do well.
“The gaffer de-briefed us and told us the performance [against Italy] was unacceptable and you hear what people are saying back home and they are right.
“It wasn’t acceptable and it’s just a shame because we’ve played well throughout the qualifying stages and we finished top of the table comfortably. It’s just a shame we started the first game of the tournament like that.”
Rose added: “We trained [on Friday] morning and had a bit of a laugh and a joke. It’s not because we aren’t bothered but it’s important we lift the spirits through the camp.
“We know what we have to try and lift everyone and hopefully it will be enough [against Norway].”
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