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DAWS DESERVES CALL

Posted on 22 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton says Michael Dawson thoroughly deserved his call as stand-by for England's World Cup squad.

Chris Hughton says Michael Dawson thoroughly deserved his call as stand-by for England's World Cup squad.

The defender was drafted in by Sven Goran Eriksson after Luke Young was forced to withdraw from the squad with a recurrence of an ankle injury.

‘Daws’, 22, enjoyed an outstanding season at the heart of our defence as we finished fifth in the Premiership and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

He joins five Spurs team-mates already in the squad with Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick and Aaron Lennon in the 23 and Jermain Defoe also on stand-by.

“It’s very much a reflection of first and foremost the season Michael’s had and the consistency he showed throughout and the nice thing it that it’s also a reflection on the club and the type of Premiership season we had,†said first assistant coach Chris.

“He’s been very, very reliable for us, won’t let anyone down but will also be the type of lad that once he’s there, they’ll enjoy having him around.

“He’s a good trainer, loves to be involved in a good team spirit and the most important thing is that he deserves it because of the season he’s had and the progress he’s made.

“He will use the experience to better himself, for sure.â€Â