Danny's delight at Wembley winner
Sunday, 15 November, 2009
Danny Rose was delighted to get his first goal and a winner for the Under-21s
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Danny Rose says he was urged to get his name on the score sheet for England before firing the Three Lions to a one goal victory over Portugal on Saturday.
The Tottenham Hotspur winger, who is currently on loan at Peterborough United, found the back of the net just before the break to help England take all three points in their Euro 2011 Qualifier at Wembley.
It was his first goal in his seventh appearance for Stuart Pearce’s men, and one that was a long time coming according to his team mates.
“Yesterday a couple of the lads said that it’s about time I scored for England,” Rose revealed to TheFA.com after the match.
“I felt confident before the match and I had a couple of chances early on. We’ve worked on a few things in training when the ball is in the air and it goes to Andy Carroll and we make sure we’ve got runners going off him. “
He continued: “It was a good head down from Andy and I just managed to sort my feet out and knock it across the keeper.”
And the goal wasn’t Rose’s first opportunity. Earlier in the half he came agonisingly close to opening his and England’s account. Tom Cleverley clipped in a cross from the right, and Rose was half a yard out when he leaped up to head goalwards.
But instead of nodding over the line, the ball struck the bar and rebounded away from danger. “I think I jumped too early and it’s come off my head and hit the bar,” said Rose. “It was a good clearance to be fair,” he joked.
Now he and his team mates head to Lithuania for their next Group Nine encounter, and their final game of the year, knowing that a win will go a long way to helping them secure qualification from the group and a place in the play-offs for Euro 2011 in Denmark.
“After Lithuania we don’t meet again until March so it was important that we win these two games, we win in Lithuania on Tuesday and that we put a good team out of the competition.”
England travel to Lithuania for their last game of 2009 in Vilnius on Tuesday.