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Posted on 5 June 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson has gone from squad member to fan as England depart for the World Cup.

Michael Dawson has gone from squad member to fan as England depart for the World Cup.

The defender was called up as stand-by for the squad by boss Sven Goran Eriksson after Luke Young was forced out with an injury.

He made it six Spurs players involved with Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon in the 23-man squad and Jermain Defoe also on stand-by.

‘Daws’ spent the last fortnight in the camp and came on as substitute in the B international against Belarus last week.

The stand-by players were released from duty on Monday - apart from Jermain Defoe, who flew out with the squad as Eriksson continues to monitor Wayne Rooney’s fitness.

The tournament kicks-off on Friday with England’s opener against Paraguay at 2pm on Saturday.

“It was a great experience to be called into the squad and I’ll now watch the tournament on my hols,†Daws told us on Monday afternoon. “I’m like everyone else now – a fan – and I’m looking forward to watching the games with my family and friends.â€Â

The 22-year-old admitted to a few nerves after receiving the call to join up on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago.

“I was certainly nervous after getting the call and travelling down to Watford but obviously I knew five of our lads there anyway,†he said.

“Everyone made me so welcome though and the players were fantastic.

“The Spurs lads are in great nick, Azza looks so confident and is flying at the moment, JJ scored in the B international and Carra did well when he came on against Jamaica. JD also travelled out with the squad and we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

“I definitely think we have a chance of winning it and having been with the players they are very confident going into the tournament. It’s the biggest tournament in the world and I’m sure the lads can do us proud.â€Â