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SVEN ON DAWSON

Posted on 22 May 2006  - 12:00

Sven Goran Eriksson spoke positively about Michael Dawson after calling the defender into his World Cup squad as stand-by for Germany.

Sven Goran Eriksson spoke positively about Michael Dawson after calling the defender into his World Cup squad as stand-by for Germany.

Michael, 22, received his call on Sunday and joined up with the squad for his first training session at England’s Watford base on Monday afternoon.

'Daws' was outstanding last season as we finished fifth in the Premiership and qualified for the UEFA Cup next term. He joins fellow Spurs Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, who is also on stand-by.

Coach Eriksson said: "I saw him many times this season and I think he’s getting better and better. I think it’s a good opportunity for him to be with the rest of the England squad for two weeks, maybe more, who knows?"

A regular at Under-21 level – including the European Championship play-off against France last season – Michael has yet to win his first senior cap but could do exactly that in the ‘B’ international friendly against Belarus at Reading on Thursday.

Eriksson confirmed: "The stand-by players will be involved in one way or another. Those who will not take part are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Terry, Beckham, Robinson, those who played week in, week out all season."