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ONE DAY...

Posted on 6 June 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson admitted he departed the World Cup-bound England squad thinking: Maybe, one day...

Michael Dawson admitted he departed the World Cup-bound England squad thinking: Maybe, one day...

The defender received the call to go into the squad as a stand-by for Germany following Luke Young’s departure through injury.

He trained with the squad – including his Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, also on stand-by - for the last fortnight before returning home on Monday.

Michael, 22, who will now watch the tournament on television, said: “It was a fantastic experience, a little like when I was first called up into the England Under-21 squad. Obviously you are nervous to start with but once you get involved everyone gets to know you and the lads were great.

“I said when I was called into the squad that it gave me a great boost.

“There was talk before the squad was announced but I was always realistic and when you look at the defenders in the squad they are all absolutely top drawer.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first full season in the Premiership and I’m looking to maintain that, kick on a bit more and hopefully one day I will be in that squad…â€Â

Meanwhile, ‘Daws’ revealed it was far from a gentle pre-World Cup get together in the fortnight he was with the squad.

“Far from it!†he said. “It was a tough two weeks. A lot of the lads had been off for a couple of weeks before that so it was pretty tough, especially the first week with a lot of running and fitness work.

“I’ll only have to keep ticking over now and I’ll be ready for pre-season!â€Â