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Daws deserved call - Gomes

Posted on 10 June 2010  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes said he was delighted to see Michael Dawson's late call into England's World Cup squad.

Daws deserved call - Gomes

Heurelho Gomes said he was delighted to see Michael Dawson's late call into England's World Cup squad.

The defender missed the initial 23-man cut but was drafted back in following an injury to Rio Ferdinand.

Gomes echoes the thoughts of all those with a Spurs persuasion that ‘Daws' should have been in the squad anyway after his outstanding performances at the heart of our defence last season.

"I'm so happy for Michael," said Gomes, part of Brazil's squad in South Africa. "He was called in after Rio Ferdinand's injury but for me, he was good enough to be in there before.

"He deserves it. He's a great player and a great guy as well. I was delighted for him.

"It's great for Tottenham to have five players in the England squad. That is why we had such a fanatstic season - we have so much quality in the squad."

Gomes was just as pleased with the prospect of his club captain Ledley King lining-up in place of Ferdinand for England's first game against the USA on Saturday.

"Ledley is such a strong guy," he added. "To come out on the training pitch once a week and play so well, it's unbelievable.

"He's a great player, such a strong mentality. That's important for a player and even more so for Ledley. It's not easy to play with the injury he has, he must think about it all the time. It must be difficult for him.

"So to train just a little and then come out and play like he does, it's unbelievable."