The defender received the call to go into the squad as a stand-by for Germany following Luke YoungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s departure through injury.
He trained with the squad Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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: Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I said when I was called into the squad that it gave me a great boost.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thoroughly enjoyed my first full season in the Premiership and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking to maintain that, kick on a bit more and hopefully one day I will be in that squadÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
Meanwhile, Ã¢â‚¬ËœDawsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ revealed it was far from a gentle pre-World Cup get together in the fortnight he was with the squad.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Far from it!Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll only have to keep ticking over now and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready for pre-season!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Michael Dawson admitted he departed the World Cup-bound England squad thinking: Maybe, one day...