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Dawson keen on call-up
22 May 2007 - 14:05:44
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is hoping to use Friday's England B international as a springboard to launch himself into Steve McClaren's plans for the full national side.
The former under-21 international will face Albania at Turf Moor where he is hoping to impress McClaren and earn a place in the squad for the forthcoming friendly with Brazil and Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia.
Dawson was rewarded with a new five-year deal by Spurs after making 59 appearances during what has been a long season.
But, after being on standby for last summer's World Cup, the 23-year-old would gladly extend his season if it meant winning a first full international cap.
"This season has been great for me. I'm pleased with my contribution this year - I've got to be and have been rewarded with a new contract," said Dawson.
"I've played many games and the team has finished fifth and overall it's been a good season.
"I have a week off and then I will join the England squad for training. Hopefully I'll play in the game.
"If I don't get a long time off because I'm playing international football then that's great.
"I'm taking it one step at a time. I will go away with the B team and see what happens. I'm not tired, I get my rest and I look after myself.
"I have to be realistic. The Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea players are not in the B team and I'm sure they will all come back in for the full England games. But fingers crossed I will still be in the squad."