Dawson on World Cup stand-by

May 21, 2006

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has been called into England's World Cup squad as a stand-by.

The 22-year-old Dawson replaces Luke Young, who withdrew on Saturday after aggravating an ankle injury in training.

Uncapped Dawson has enjoyed an excellent season as Spurs finished fifth in the Premiership and qualified for next season's UEFA Cup.

The former Nottingham Forest defender has never been picked for Sven-Goran Eriksson's full squad before but has been a regular at Under-21 level recently.

He will join his new international team-mates when they meet up in Watford on Monday.