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Dawson's boost

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Michael Dawson admitted it was a huge boost to be linked with a place in the England squad for the tour of America.

The defender was put on stand-by following withdrawals despite playing just five games for us in the Premier League at the end of the season - a shin injury had kept him out until April after joining us from Forest in January.

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson said: “Michael Dawson, the young Tottenham defender, has been with us for one training session two years ago and I have always watched him.

"Kieran Richardson has been having a very good season, too. They are interesting players. When I have stand-by players I don't want to put senior players in that position because I don't think it's fair. I think these two deserve it."

Unfortunately, the calf injury that ruled Michael out of the final league game against Blackburn and the friendly against Mauritius put paid to any chances of joining team mates Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe in the States.

“I know a few players dropped out but that means a chance for someone else and my name was mentioned,” said Michael.

“It’s nice to think that my name is actually mentioned with the England senior squad.

“As frustrating as it is not being able to go, I have to take the positives out of it.

“I’ve played five games in the Premiership, obviously I’ve also played England Under-21s, but my name has been linked with the senior squad. That’s a bonus but first thing’s first, I need to have a good pre-season, to take one thing at a time and try to play as many games for Spurs as I can.”