Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has reiterated his desire to force his way back into the England squad before the World Cup next summer, as reported by talkSPORT.

Dawson has been said to be impressing Roy Hodgson but after missing out on last weeks’ squad to face Chile and Germany, the former Nottingham Forest defender understandably has doubts.

The 30 year old centre back has become a key man for Spurs under Andre Villas Boas, just 18 months after Harry Redknapp told Dawson he could join QPR.

With high levels of competition at both club and international level, Dawson knows he has to keep his fine form up if he has any chance of muscling his way onto that plane heading to Brazil.

“I must be doing something right if everyone is saying [I should be given a chance] but I’m obviously not doing something quite right if the England manager isn’t picking me. Football can be a funny game,” Dawson said.

“The boys playing for England are top players. I want to be in their shoes. I don’t hide that. I’m striving to be back in the squad.

“I would love it to happen. I’ve always said playing for my country is a massive honour. I’ve got four caps and I’d love to add to them.

“The lads who qualified for the World Cup were fantastic. Personally, all I can do is keep my head down at Tottenham and hopefully keep performing well. If the results go right, who knows?

“All the English players would love to be on the plane to Brazil and I’m no different.”

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