DONCASTER’S Danny Rose received a dream 22nd birthday present yesterday after being named in the Team GB football squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“I was with Danny in his car at the time the FA sent him a text saying that he had been picked and he was over the moon,” said his mother Angela, the sister of former Doncaster Rovers, Wolves, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Tranmere Rovers midfielder, Mark Rankine, at her Doncaster home.
“We were on our way to my mother’s house and the first thing I did when I got there was to pop over the road and buy a bottle of champagne substitute - they didn’t have the real thing - to toast his birthday and selection.”
Rose, who comes across as a level-headed individual, will join Great Britain men’s hockey captain and taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson in flying the flag for Doncaster in the Games.
“I was in the original list of about 300 and was told a week or so ago that I was in the final 35,” Rose told The Star last night. “It was the best birthday present ever when I found out that I had been picked.
“It’s a great honour to be picked for the Great Britain squad and I am hoping to get into the starting eleven. We’ll have the support of the whole nation and hopefully we can do well.
“It will be a privilege to be in the same team as Ryan Giggs, who was a boyhood hero of mine. He has been playing some of the best football of his career in recent years and deserves his place.”
Rose has spent time on loan at several Championship club since joining Spurs for a reputed £1m in 2006, but is hoping to be pushing for a regular starting place in the Spurs’ team in 2012-13.
He had been set to go on Spurs’ pre-season tour to America on July 18 prior to his Olympic selection.
“It is disappointing to miss out on the tour, especially with the club having a new manager because I will have to wait a few weeks longer to try and impress the manager, but I would rather be going to the Olympics,” he said.
“People might say I will have the chance to impress him during the Olympics, but while I’m there I will just be focused on trying to do my best for Great Britain. If I do that and play well then things will take care of themselves.
“I had a couple of holidays at the end of the season, but since I’ve been back I’ve been keeping myself fit and going to the gym regularly. I’ve even trained at a local gym this evening despite it being my birthday.”