FLEETWOOD Town duo Junior Brown and Danny Rose hope their experience with England C at a packed Highbury on Tuesday will benefit them on their return to ‘bread and butter’ business this weekend.
Rose captained the England non-league side which drew 1-1 with Italy in the International Challenge Trophy, while Brown played the full 90 minutes and gave an impressive display.
Brown, struggling to re-establish himself in Micky Mellon’s Town side in another injury-marred campaign, saw Tuesday’s international as an opportunity to make a point to his bosses at Highbury.
Asked about his frustrating campaign, the 22-year-old said: “That seems to be a recurring theme since I signed for Fleetwood, but hopefully I can kick on now.
“It was hard work at the end on Tuesday, because I had not played for a while, but playing for your country you just fly through.
“What we had worked on we executed well and some of the passing football was very good.
“I’m not a tackler, but I was pleased with that side of my game and glad I showed a bit more aggression.
“My body feels good and hopefully I’ll be good to go for Saturday.”
Whether he has done enough to force his way back into a side unbeaten in 19 Conference games for Saturday’s trip to Tamworth remains to be seen.
But he added: “It’s nice to show the staff what I can do. Alan Goodall has done well at left-back, as has the whole team, so it’s frustrating.
“But this is an exciting place to play and the fans were very vocal throughout on Tuesday, so it was a good opportunity to express yourself.”
For midfielder Rose, the midweek international was a welcome break from the norm.
He said: “It’s a nice distraction and a different kind of pressure. It’s nice to come away, see new faces and meet new people.
“But now it’s back to the bread and butter of trying to win promotion and it’s a really exciting time at Fleetwood.”
A veteran of five England C matches, Rose is already looking forward to the next one in Russia in June.
He said of the Italy game: “We showed good character and traditional English fighting spirit to the end, and we got what we deserved.
“The pitch was heavy and technically they were very good, but we matched them on the physical side and got what we deserved.
“Representing your country is one of the proudest things you can do, and to lead them out at your home ground was extra-speical. That could have been added pressure but it’s something I’ll remember for a long time.”