Pride in Doncaster as Rose nets call-up

Danny Rose
Danny Rose

DANNY Rose can stake his claim for club and country at London 2012, according to proud uncle Mark Rankine.

But the Doncaster born defender’s priority will be bringing home a gold medal from a football tournament, Rankine believes, that will capture the public’s imagination.

Tottenham full back Rose, whose family live in Wheatley Hills, celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday by being named in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man Team GB squad.

Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Rankine shared the pride of his nephew’s Olympic call-up with the Free Press this week.

Rankine said: “The whole family is chuffed to bits for Danny.

“It’s a proud moment in his career and it’s great for the town of Doncaster too.

“I spoke to him on Monday and he’s absolutely thrilled to be part of it.

“You can see by the strength of the squad that has been chosen that Great Britain will be going all out for the gold medal.

“Some of the South American teams taking part look really strong so it should be a good tournament,” he added.

“It’s a great opportunity for Danny to be part of something special and further his career at the same time.

“I expect England’s new manager will be there watching.

“And Danny will also have a new manager at Tottenham to impress too.

“He’s really looking forward to meeting up with the squad and getting started.”

Rose, a former Danum School pupil, will compete with Swansea City’s Neil Taylor for the left back berth.

The former England Under 21 international, who grew up playing for Barnby Dun Colts in the Doncaster Junior Sunday League, becomes the fifth athlete from Doncaster to be selected for the London Games.

Team GB face group games against Senegal (July 26), United Arab Emirates (July 29) and Uruguay (August 1) in a bid to reach the knockout stages.

Team GB squad: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).