Dawson given England nod

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Michael Dawson has been called-up into England's World Cup squad as a stand-by as Luke Young misses out through injury.

The Tottenham stopper has enjoyed an excellent campaign, which has now been rewarded after Young aggravated an injury in training.

Charlton captain Young has pulled out of England's pre-tournament preparations after conceding he was not ready to travel to Germany if called upon.

Dawson has yet to make his debut in an England shirt but has impressed with a series of dominant displays for Spurs this term, leaping ahead of the likes of Wes Brown in Sven Goran Eriksson's pecking order.

England's squad are meeting in Watford on Monday, following a get-together at a training camp in Portugal, where Dawson will get his first taste of international football. 

Although Dawson is unlikely to actually board the plane to Germany, international recognition is testimony to his progress since moving to Tottenham from Nottingham Forest, proving himself to be one of The Premiership's more assured stoppers and he was delighted to get the call.

"It's amazing really and caps a fantastic season for both myself and the club," Dawson told the club's official 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."