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