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Furman Talks International Duty

11 September 2013

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Rovers Official Website caught up with midfielder Dean Furman after his return from International duty for South Africa against Botswana.

Ahead of his first training session back in Doncaster, Dean took some time to speak about representing his country.

You did the job out there but just missed out on qualification.   
We knew that the qualification was going to be out of our hands and that we had to do our job. It was vital that we played the game, to our best of our ability, to get the result. 

We had to hope that the result went for us in the other game, which sadly it did not. 

Our game was very good and we had a very good positive mind-set going into it. It meant we put on a good performance in front of our home crowd - it was a great result.  

What has it been like playing for the new manager? 

He came in a year ago and I have a lot to thank him for, he brought me in to the international team and gave me this great opportunity. 

The other lads tell me that things have improved under him and there are a lot of positives to be taken in this campaign. 

Although it is sad that we have not qualified we now look to our next campaign, which I think is the African Cup of Nations. 

Was it a little easier travelling with a teammate in Bongani? 
Yes it was good to have him there by my side - the more people you know out there the better. I know all the boys but having someone I am so close to day in day out here at Rovers really helps me when I go away. 

You scored in the game how did that feel?

It was good to get on the score sheet in front of the home fans. People think I never go over the half way line but it was nice to score after travelling all that way – it was a very special moment. 

What was the atmosphere like? 
It was incredible! The support the national side get is unbelievable with a packed stadium - the fans knew the importance of the game. 

We played the football that got the crowd excited with the vuvuzelas, Mexican waves and singing making it an amazing atmosphere. 

Back to the league you’ve got another big game to look forward to in Huddersfield on Saturday? 

Yes it will be a difficult game and again a great atmosphere with lots of our fans there. We are training hard for this game. 

Bongani and I both went straight back into training today after arriving back it will be a little cold after South Africa but we’re raring to go.

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