Tottenham captain Michael Dawson insists he will not give up on his World Cup dream and says it would be "amazing" to be part of the England squad in Brazil next summer.
The central defender has been involved in just one England squad since Roy Hodgson’s appointment as manager in 2012 and watched from home as the Three Lions booked their place in Brazil earlier in October.
Dawson has been a key part of a Tottenham defence that has kept 10 clean sheets in 13 games in all competitions this season, and after signing a new three-year contract the 29-year-old hopes he can celebrate international recognition next summer.
“Come the World Cup next year, of course I would love to be there,” Dawson said at a Community event for the club's foundation alongside stars from NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers.
“I’ve only been called into one of Roy Hodgson’s squads but I won’t give up hope.
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“Football’s all about opinions. The players in there are all playing well. It’s the manager’s decision, he gets paid to make them. Hopefully he will make one when I’m in it.”
Spurs take on Moldovan side Sheriff in the Europa League off the back of a comfortable 2-0 league win over Aston Villa on Sunday that took Andre Villas-Boas to within three points of leaders Arsenal.
Andros Townsend scored and was named man-of-the-match at Villa Park following his superb performances for England in the World Cup qualifying wins against Montenegro and Poland.
Dawson has not been surprised by the winger’s superb start to the season for club and country and believes Townsend has the maturity to cope with his new profile both on and off the pitch.
“I wasn’t surprised with how he played for England because that’s the confidence the boy’s got,” Dawson added. “The mentality he’s got, he knows his aims and what he wants. You see that on the pitch. He’s very direct - he had two amazing games for England and he’s brought that back to Tottenham.
“Everyone can say he needs to keep his feet on the ground but he’s a sensible lad, level headed, loves playing football. It won’t change him - he will keep wanting to score goals, keep wanting to run at left-backs and he will keep wanting to torment them.
“He will do it like he does on the training ground on a daily basis and hopefully he keeps playing as well as he can for Tottenham because that’s what it’s all about. It’s what he does at club level that will take care of international football.”