DONCASTER’S Danny Rose has done what David Beckham couldn’t do and be named in Stuart Pearce’s squad for the Olympic Games.
Rose, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, plays for Tottenham Hotspur and has been capped by England Under 21s 21 times, scoring three goals.
It completes a successful few months for the Rose family who saw Danny’s younger brother Mitchell sign a one-year professional contract with Rotherham United.
As expected head coach Pearce announced his three players over the 23-year-old age limit as Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards.
Pearce defended the omission of Beckham and the fact that the squad features no Scottish or Northern Irish players. He said: “I’ve got a list of names written down now, who I think ability-wise are good enough to do a job. I didn’t pick on personality, I didn’t pick on ticket sales and I certainly wasn’t picking on nationality.”
Rose and Team GB kick off their campaign at Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26, before playing the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29 and Uruguay at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on August 1.
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).
Jessica Ennis is expected to be confirmed today in the Great Britain athletics squad for the Games. Ennis, aged 26, from Sheffield is favourite to win gold in the heptathlon.