Dawson vows to take Rio chance

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has vowed to take his England World Cup call with both hands while offering his commiserations to the injury-stricken Rio Ferdinand.

The Manchester United star picked up a knee problem at the Three Lions' training camp in South Africa on Friday and the prognosis suggests the 31-year-old will be out of action for around a month.

With Ferdinand's World Cup dream now in tatters, coach Fabio Capello, who cut Dawson from his preliminary 30-man squad, has now handed him a lifeline ahead of the Group C opener with USA on June 12 in Rustenburg.

"It's a crazy game and things can change in a split second," the centre-back told Spurs' official website.

"One minute I'm trying to arrange my holiday, then I get a call asking if I was on holiday because Rio had pulled out of training.

"I said 'no' and then I was just waiting by the phone before getting a call saying I would be picked up in an hour. It's been a crazy day.

"For Rio to get injured, there would be no worse feeling for him as a player. To miss the biggest tournament in the world as the captain, I feel for him.

"I missed the Carling Cup final in 2008, and there was nothing anyone could have said to me that could have made me feel any better.

"For Rio, the feeling will be the same, but it's a chance for me now.

"I've not had time to think about it but I've had call after call with people wishing me good luck.

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