London 2012: Doncaster-born defender Rose nets Team GB football call-up

Danny Rose
Danny Rose

DANNY Rose has become the fifth athlete from Doncaster to be called up to London 2012 after being named in Team GB’s 18-man Olympic football squad.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender - nephew to former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Rankine - will compete with Swansea City’s Neil Taylor for the left back berth.

Rose is celebrating his 22nd birthday today - and the former Danum School pupil could not have wished for a better present.

The former Barnby Dun Colts product still has family in Doncaster and has spent time relaxing in the town over the summer before returning to Spurs.

But now Rose can focus on being part of an historic Great Britain squad.

London 2012 will be the first time that Team GB have competed in the men’s football competition since the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where they finished third in their group.

Team GB kick off their campaign against Senegal on July 26 at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on August 1.

Team GB coach Stuart Pearce said: “It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.

“With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

“I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro ‘96, and I’m sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us.”

Rose joins fellow Doncaster athletes Sarah Stevenson (Taekwondo), Barry Middleton (Hockey), Craig McCann (Wheelchair fencing) and Jon Hall (Wheelchair basketball) at the Games.

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).