Gosling excited by Wembley return
Friday, 13 November, 2009
Everton midfielder Dan Gosling is enjoying his first call-up to the Under-21s
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At just 19 years of age, Dan Gosling has already played in an FA Cup Final at Wembley, represented his country in no fewer than three major tournaments at different age groups, secured a move from the Championship to the Premier League, and not to mention won the hearts of his club’s fans by scoring a crucial winning goal against their fierce rivals.
And this week he embarks on a new chapter in his career after earning his first call up to Stuart Pearce’s Under-21s squad for their important Euro 2011 Qualifier at Wembley on Saturday.
But despite all this, the young midfielder is taking everything in his stride and looking forward to any challenges that comes his way, be it winning his first cap for the Under-21s or gaining a regular place in the Everton first team.
“I knew a few of the lads from previous trips with the other age groups, so it wasn’t completely strange so I’m very pleased to be here,” Gosling told TheFA.com.
“It was surprising, Monday late afternoon I think it was and I got the news I was getting called up and I just couldn’t wait to join up with the group. I settled in quite well and the lads have taken to me quite well.”
“It’s a great experience for me. It was always my aim to get into the Under-21s this season. I’ve got in the squad, but now my aim is to get into the starting eleven and stay in the squad," continued Gosling, who was an ever-present for the England U19s side who reached the European Championship Final this summer.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do, obviously Portugal is a massive game, but it’s one where we are looking to get the three points and catch up with Greece. I think we’re more than capable of doing that on Saturday.
“We’ve just had a meeting and talked about them, some of the lads have played against them before but it’s my first time, so it’s going to be interesting but with the talent we have in this we are more than capable of putting on a show and getting the three points.”
And if Gosling, the former Plymouth Argyle youngster, gets on the pitch on Saturday it will be his second appearance at the new Stadium.
An extra-time winning goal for Everton in a 1-0 replay FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Merseyside rivals Liverpool, not only catapulted Gosling into the folklore of the blue half of the city, but also spurred David Moyes’ men on to a run that took them all the way to The Final.
But despite a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, the Devon-born star was handed a late cameo under the Arch.
“It was a great day for me and one that I’ll remember for a very long time,” he said. “I managed to get on the pitch for about the last ten minutes. It was a great achievement for us to get there but perhaps we scored a bit too early.
“It was a great feeling walking out, a shame we lost, but a great day for everyone connected with the club. Hopefully we can do the same again.”
He added: “I’m just thankful to have played there already, and hopefully I can play there many more times to come.”
For those fans not going to Wembley, you can still watch the game live, and for free, here on TheFA.com. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and will be streamed at www.TheFA.com/FATV.