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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2006, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK
Dawson gets England standby call
Michael Dawson
Dawson joined Spurs in January 2005
Tottenham's Michael Dawson has been called into England's World Cup squad as a standby.

The defender replaces Charlton's Luke Young, who withdrew after injuring his ankle in training.

The uncapped Dawson helped Spurs to fifth position in the Premiership and a place in next season's Uefa Cup.

"It's amazing really and caps a fantastic season for both myself and the club," the 22-year-old Dawson was quoted on Tottenham's website.

"To actually be in the squad and to see what happens as we build up to a World Cup will be a great experience and I'm looking forward to it.

"I'll thoroughly enjoy it and we'll see what happens."

It is the first time Sven-Goran Eriksson has selected the former Nottingham Forest defender, but he has been a regular at Under-21 level.

Dawson will join his new international team-mates when they meet up on Monday.

He joins his club team-mate Jermain Defoe on the standby list, while Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon were named in the 23-man squad.

Dawson began his career at Forest before earning a 4m move to White Hart Lane in January 2005.

He made just five appearances for Spurs in the 2004-2005 season but has established himself as a first-team regular this campaign.

Young pulled out on Saturday after suffering a recurrence of an injury that had seen him miss Charlton Athletic's last seven games of the Premier League season.



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