Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rose Playing Down Great Expectations of England

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rose Playing Down Great Expectations of England

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DANNY ROSE does not understand why people automatically expect England to challenge for trophies when their track record of success at major international tournaments is so poor.

The under-21s were the latest to fall foul of public expectations, having headed to the European Championship among the favourites.

Instead, they became the first nation to exit the competition and flew home today in shame after failing to collect a point.

It is a situation Rose admits is "very embarrassing" - but one the left-back is keen to stress is not an unusual one for the national team.

That is why he does not understand why the nation expects so much.

The Tottenham defender - who was on loan at Sunderland last season - said: "We have not performed as well as we could have done, certainly not as good as we played in the group stages.

"I know the players have been getting a bit of stick but I would like to think we are all in it together.

"We were when we were winning, so we all should be when we are losing. …

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