DAN’S FAB DREAM Gosling driven by de­sire to join Eng­land young guns

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

ENG­LAND Un­der-21 mid­fielder Dan Gosling ad­mits the el­e­va­tion of some of Stu­art Pearce’s squad to the se­niors has given him ex­tra drive as he looks to move on from his in­jury prob­lems.

Gosling made his first start for the Young Lions on Mon­day as they came from be­hind to beat Is­rael 4-1 in a friendly at Oak­well.

It marked the lat­est stage in the 21-yearold’s come­back after a year re­cov­er­ing from cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment dam­age sus­tained while play­ing for Ever­ton.

Gosling moved to New­cas­tle at the end of the 2009-10 cam­paign and fea­tured only once for them last sea­son be­fore be­ing side­lined once again by swelling in his knee.

But he im­pressed in pre-sea­son for the Mag­pies, coming on as a late sub­sti­tute in the Premier League win at Sun­der­land and play­ing 70 min­utes of a Car­ling Cup vic­tory over Scun­thorpe.

Gosling is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture after see­ing Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tom Clev­er­ley called on by Eng­land head coach Fabio Capello to make the step up from the Un­der-21s.

Push­ing

“It helps that Mr Capello is con­sid­er­ing the Un­der-21s and he watches us closely,” said Gosling.

“The gaffer, Stu­art Pearce, re­ports back ev­ery time – they are quite close.

“It can only be a good thing and you see other lads push­ing on and you think you want to be there as well.

“Hope­fully, you find good form for your club and then who knows?”

Gosling is de­ter­mined to put his pe­riod of “doom and gloom” firmly be­hind him.

“It has ob­vi­ously been a long while for me but I’ve made it back and, fingers crossed, I can keep in­jury-free and get as many games as I can,” he added.

“It was a doom and gloom year re­ally, but my friends and family kept me go­ing.

“It was a lot of hard work in the gym, now I need a full run of games.

“If I can get a few 90 min­utes quickly, then I’ll feel good.”

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