Dawson welcomes return of 'world-class' Vertonghen

The Spurs skipper believes Tim Sherwood needs all his defensive options available with the Europa League set to resume and the top four race hotting up

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has welcomed the return to fitness of "world-class" defensive partner Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgium international missed almost a month of action with an ankle injury, but returned for the 1-1 draw with Hull City on Saturday.

Fellow defender Younes Kaboul also featured on the bench at the KC after recovering knee and ankle injuries.

With the Europa League set to resume later in February and Tottenham still gunning for Champions League qualification, Dawson believes competition for places will be crucial.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It's always good to have players back.

"We've the Europa League starting again soon as well, so there are plenty of games.

"Jan, for me, is a world-class player. He's cultured on the ball and a top defender as well.

"We've top players who want to play, so competition is high and you know you have to perform well to stay in the team.

"We all want the game time and we're all pushing each other."