Tottenham defender Michael Dawson still wants to play for England

Michael Dawson: Tottenham defender still hopes to play for England again in the future

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Michael Dawson has not given up on playing for England again, but his immediate focus is on getting back into the Tottenham Hotspur team.

The centre-half won the last of his four England caps against Wales 18 months ago and remains determined to add to that tally in the future.

However, after failing to agree a move to Queens Park Rangers in the summer, Dawson has made just one brief substitute's appearance in the Premier League this season as he looks to force his way into Andre Villas-Boas' plans.

"To play for England you have to be playing in the Premier League on a regular basis and a few years ago I was at that stage," Dawson told The People.

"It was my choice not to jump out when I didn't think the time was right. I wanted to knuckle down and keep working hard."

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"I was in the squad but then got injured against Bulgaria and was out for three months. I got fit again and was able to get back in the Tottenham side and then the England side. So I'll never give up on playing for England.

"My last game was a qualifier against Wales and it was a massive match. It's an amazing feeling to be involved on occasions like that and I hope to do it again one day.

"Right now I need to get my head down and get back in the Tottenham team."

Dawson insists he has no regrets about snubbing a move to QPR, adding: "That was my choice, to stay at Tottenham. I said then that I'd stay and fight for my position and it's not changed.

"I keep my head down on a daily basis and work hard. We have lots of games coming up. I've played in the League Cup and the Europa League and when called upon I have to be ready.

"It was my choice not to jump out when I didn't think the time was right. I wanted to knuckle down and keep working hard."