Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Dawson’s dream of England cap still alive

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is hoping to finally earn his first England cap after being named in Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

After a fantastic season for Spurs on the domestic front, the popular defender has got the chance to make it into the final 23-man squad for the finals in South Africa next month.

The defender, 26, has been in the international wilderness since Steve McClaren's time as national coach, and has never won a senior cap despite being involved in squads before now.

Dawson, named by Tottenham fans as their player of the year this season, said: “There had been a lot of talk about me being included, but in the back of your mind you're never sure whether it will happen or not.

“Luckily enough for me, it has this time.

“I've been involved with England a number of times over the years but have unfortunately never won a cap.

“It's been a few years since I've been in a squad now and it's good timing to be in the World Cup one.

“It's a great feeling to be named in it.

“Everyone knows what it would mean to me to play for England as I've said for many years when I haven't been involved or when I have been involved.

“I said I'd never give up on one day playing for my country and I never have.”

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