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Dawson's delight

Michael Dawson was delighted to play a part as England's World Cup preparations continued on Monday.

Michael Dawson was delighted to play a part as England's World Cup preparations continued on Monday.

The defender stepped out for the first time in England's build-up as a second half substitute as the Three Lions beat South African side Platinum Stars 3-0 in a warm-up match in Moruleng.

‘Daws' was untroubled in his 45-minute stint alongside Matthew Upson in England's final action before kicking-off in Group C against the USA on Saturday.

All five Spurs players in the squad played 45 minutes with Ledley King partnering John Terry in central defence and Jermain Defoe up front with Peter Crouch in the first half. Aaron Lennon joined Michael in the second half. JD opened the scoring inside three minutes.

"We've had a good few weeks training and it all starts on Saturday," said ‘Daws'. "The first 24 hours since I was called up were a bit busy, but everyone has made me feel welcome.

"I just have to do the best I can, but it was great to get 45 minutes under my belt."

JD was lively in the first half and almost added a second goal when his 25-yarder whistled just wide.

"I've felt sharp in training and from the training camp in Austria," he said.

"It was a good work out. I've always said you've just got to go out there, work hard and do your best and then leave it down to the manager.

"But, to be honest, it's all about the squad. In a major tournament, you need a squad, not just the lads who will start the game.

"It's important that even the lads who come on make a difference. You need that in a major tournament."