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DAWS ON CALL-UP

Posted on 11 August 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is hoping he can win his first senior cap for England next week, having been named this afternoon in Steve McClaren's first squad as the national manager, for the friendly against Greece at Old Trafford.

Michael Dawson is hoping he can win his first senior cap for England next week, having been named this afternoon in Steve McClaren's first squad as the national manager, for the friendly against Greece at Old Trafford.

Although Daws was involved for England's friendlies against Jamaica and Hungary at the end of last season and was on standby for the World Cup, his only run-out came in the B international against Belarus.

So the 22-year-old – who joins Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas and Jermain Defoe in the squad – is keeping his fingers crossed that his dream of earning that full debut will come true this time.

"Obviously I was in the squad for the pre-World Cup games and just being a part of the set-up was great, but now I'm hoping I might get the chance to take the next step and play for my country at senior level," said the centre-half.

"But I know it's by no means guaranteed because there are plenty of central defenders in the squad, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher, John Terry and Wes Brown, so we'll have to wait and see.

"It's an honour to have been called up to be honest. It's a fresh start for everyone now that there's a new man in charge, so it's great that I'm in Steve McClaren's thoughts.”

Meanwhile, Martin Jol believes this call-up is the reward for a lot of hard work by Daws.

"It's fully deserved,” said the manager. "Michael showed what he is capable of last season and that brought him into the England camp so this is no real surprise. He's a young player who is going to get better and better. He is also our sixth current England international and that illustrates the type of progress that we want to make as a club."

Club captain Ledley King misses the England game with a knee injury.