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PRAISE FOR DAWS

Posted on 29 November 2006  - 12:00

Paul Robinson has paid tribute to the development of one of the defenders who stands tall in front of him - Michael Dawson.

Paul Robinson has paid tribute to the development of one of the defenders who stands tall in front of him - Michael Dawson.'Daws' arrived at the Lane from Nottingham Forest at the end of January 2005 and, such has been his progress, he is now receiving England recognition for his efforts.

It is of no surprise to his goalkeeper, who is probably better positioned than most to assess how the game of the 23-year-old has come on over the last roughly season and a half.

"Daws is a very good player," said the England No.1. "I was talking about him a lot last year saying he was very underrated, but he has got his reward this year by getting in the England squad and people are starting to see his potential.

"Some said that he is limited, that he is a blocker who will stick his head on anything. You must give him credit though, he can play football as well. First and foremost he is a defender - and a very good one - but there is more to him than just that.

"He is young too and will get better. He is not too dissimilar to John Terry in the way that he plays with a never say die attitude. With someone like Ledley next to him it makes for a great partnership," added Robbo, who also pointed out that there is considerable depth in the defensive area.

"We've got a good back four and good squad players as well. We've got Calum Davenport and Tony Gardner to come in in the middle, young Phil Ifil and Paul Stalteri at right back and Lee Young-Pyo who can play either side.

"We got strength across the back four positions."