Dawson keen on call-up

22 May 2007 02:05
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."

Source: ESA