Michael Dawson keen to use Champions League experience to strengthen grip on regular England spot

27 March 2011 10:49
Michael Dawson believes Tottenham's continued progression in the Champions League may have had a welcome spin-off for his international ambitions.

Dawson has been part of the Spurs side that has taken Europe by storm this season on their march to the quarter-finals of the number one club competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid lie in wait next week, by which time Dawson might have added another cap to his England collection.

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The 27-year-old made his fourth appearance for the Three Lions in yesterday's 2-0 win over Wales in Cardiff, having been surprisingly preferred to Phil Jagielka.

And, while he cannot be certain, Dawson feels Tottenham's European adventure may have played a part.

'Only Fabio Capello can say whether being in the Champions League is helping me to get picked for England,' he said. 'But I am playing against the best players in the world in the Champions League and Tottenham have done well. Maybe that has given me a bit more recognition.'

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Dawson admits the selection process is out of his hands and all he can do is concentrate on producing his top form for Spurs on a regular basis.

Not that it has been entirely plain sailing for Dawson as far as England is concerned this season.

Picked to partner Jagielka in the opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria in September, Dawson suffered knee and ankle injuries that ruled him out of action for over three months.

It did not dampen his enthusiasm for England action, though, and with a comeback date for Rio Ferdinand's recovery from a calf problem still unknown, Dawson is eager to make the vacant central defensive berth his own.

'I hope to claim it as my number one spot,' he said. 'I got my chance in the first qualifier, so the injury was unfortunate timing. But I was delighted to get out there against Wales and win another cap. You know when you pull that England shirt on it is a great honour.' 

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