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Daws called up

Posted on 4 June 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson has been called up to England's World Cup squad following the withdrawal of captain Rio Ferdinand through injury.

Daws called up

Michael Dawson has been called up to England's World Cup squad following the withdrawal of captain Rio Ferdinand through injury.

The defender was selected in the provisional 30-man squad before being omitted from the final travelling party, along with six others, when the squad was trimmed to 23 on Tuesday.

Our Player of the Season now joins up with Spurs team-mates Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Ledley King and Aaron Lennon at England's training camp in Sun City ahead of their opening game of the tournament against USA in Rustenburg on June 12.

Shortly after his call-up was confirmed, Daws said: "It's a crazy game and things can change in a split second.

"One minute I'm trying to arrange my holiday, then I get a call asking if I was on holiday because Rio had pulled out of training. I said ‘no' and then I was just waiting by the phone before getting a call saying I would be picked up in an hour. It's been a crazy day.

"For Rio to get injured, there would be no worse feeling for him as a player. To miss the biggest tournament in the world as the captain, I feel for him.

"I missed the Carling Cup Final in 2008, and there was nothing anyone could have said to me that could have made me feel any better. For Rio, the feeling will be the same, but it's a chance for me now.

"I've not had time to think about it but I've had call after call with people wishing me good luck.

"I know all the lads through having been with them for two weeks so I'll just be going out there and training as normal.

"I was planning to watch the first game of the tournament with my friends and family, but now I'm going to be there for real.

"I'll be going out there still having not yet won a senior cap, so where better place to get one if that was to happen. But I'll just go there and train like I do every day at Spurs and we'll have to see what happens.

"It's great to have four other Spurs lads out there as well."