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FANS-TASTIC

Posted on 12 November 2005  - 12:00

Michael Dawson paid tribute to the fans as the Lane posted a record attendance for an England Under-21 fixture on Friday night.

Michael Dawson paid tribute to the fans as the Lane posted a record attendance for an England Under-21 fixture on Friday night.

A crowd of 34,574 packed the Lane for the European Under-21 Championship play-off first leg against France.

Pride amongst the Spurs fans was boosted further when 'Daws' led the team out as captain.

Both Michael and midfielder Tom Huddlestone - currently on loan at Wolves - played the full 90 minutes as Darren Ambrose's late goal cancelled out Anthony Le Tallec's opener for France.

"The fans were fantastic and full credit to everyone at the club for getting everyone here," said Michael.

It's the highest attendance for England Under-21s and that's a credit to Tottenham

"All the fans who came down, not just the Spurs fans, although they were superb again."

So how did it feel to lead his country out on home soil? "Great!" beamed Michael. "Hopefully one day it will be for Spurs as well - fingers crossed! It was a lovely feeling.

"I found out after training on Friday when the manager told me. It was great to do it at my club."

Michael was delighted to see Ambrose's goal hit the back of the net. "We didn't play as well as we can but you have to give France credit, they played well and that's what we expected from a team that topped their group.

"To our credit we never gave up and showed plenty of character to come back."

The second leg is in Nancy on Tuesday. The winners go through to the finals next summer.