Dawson happy to ditch holiday plans
The Tottenham central defender was axed from the provisional squad of 30 for the tournament on Tuesday by England head coach Fabio Capello. But Dawson is in the 23-strong party after Ferdinand was forced out with a knee ligament injury suffered in training on Friday lunchtime.
Dawson told Tottenham's official website: "I was planning to watch the first game of the tournament with my friends and family, but now I'm going to be there for real."
He added: "I'll be going out there still having not yet won a senior cap, so where better place to get one if that was to happen?"
Dawson has immense sympathy for Ferdinand but is determined to try to seize his opportunity.
He said: "For Rio to get injured, there would be no worse feeling for him as a player. To miss the biggest tournament in the world as the captain, I feel for him.
"I missed the Carling Cup Final in 2008, and there was nothing anyone could have said to me that could have made me feel any better.
"For Rio, the feeling will be the same, but it's a chance for me now."
Dawson, who was Tottenham's player of the year, added: "I've not had time to think about it but I've had call after call with people wishing me good luck.
"I'll just go there and train like I do every day at Spurs and we'll have to see what happens."
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