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DAWS TAKES HIS LEAD

Posted on 12 November 2005  - 12:00

Michael Dawson says he takes inspiration from his Spurs team-mates in the senior England squad as he prepares to step out with the Under-21s at the Lane tonight.

Michael Dawson says he takes inspiration from his Spurs team-mates in the senior England squad as he prepares to step out with the Under-21s at the Lane tonight.

The defender will line-up alongside fellow Spur Tom Huddlestone, currently on loan at Wolves, as England meet France in the first leg of the European Under-21 Championship.

'Daws’ is hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jermain Defoe, Ledley King, Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas and Michael Carrick and make it on the main international stage.

“You look at the senior squad and a couple of years ago I was playing with the likes of Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas, Jermain Defoe and Joe Cole in the Under-21s,†he said.

“I’ve seen all of those players progress to become regulars in that squad and that is an inspiration to myself and everyone else in the squad, especially the lads at Spurs.â€Â

Michael’s first task, however, is to help England overcome France and take their place in next summer’s European Under-21 Championship Finals.

We host the first leg at the Lane tonight with the second leg in the Stade Marcel Picot, Nancy, next Tuesday

“Stepping out at White Hart Lane will make it all the more special for me and I’m sure the other Spurs lads,†said Michael.

“All my family will be there supporting the team and I’m sure all our fans will be there. They’ve been magnificent all season.

“The qualification process is over about 18 months and the top two qualify for the play-offs, so even if you win the qualifying group, you are not automatically through to the finals.

“We finished second in our group behind Germany and that means we were drawn against a group winner in the play-offs and that was France and we play the first leg at home.

“We know it’s a tough test but it’s over two legs and anything could happen.

“I’ve never played against them but you expect them to have all the usual French traits  plenty of quality on the ball and no doubt a couple of stars of the future in there as well.

“It would be great to qualify for the finals and a country like England has to be in these events.â€Â