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Dawson: Capello still the same

February 7, 2011
By ESPN staff

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson insists Fabio Capello has not changed his hard-line stance despite England's disastrous campaign at the 2010 World Cup.

Michael Dawson
PA PhotosMichael Dawson insists Fabio Capello is as disciplined as ever

Following the 4-1 defeat to Germany in South Africa, Capello was the subject of criticism for failing to unite his squad, and there were reports the England were "bored" due to the Italian's disciplinarian approach.

It had been claimed that Capello would soften his approach to the 2012 European Championships, promoting team togetherness over discipline but, speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Denmark, Dawson claims the England boss remains the same.

"No. Since I've been in the squad Fabio hasn't changed. He believes in what he does and he'll stick by that," Dawson said in Monday's press conference. "We were disappointed we didn't go as far in the World Cup as we would have liked, but we've got to work towards 2012 and make sure we're ready for it."

Dawson's last England appearance, against Bulgaria, ended with a serious knee injury and the Tottenham man admits he is using Liverpool's Jamie Carragher as his inspiration. Carragher recently returned from a dislocated shoulder to put in a towering performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"Everyone knows about Jamie Carragher. Jamie has been doing it for years, he's a die-hard," Dawson said. "He's been out with the shoulder injury for months and then comes back and puts that performance in. He's a top class pro. As a player when I go out on the pitch I want to do as well as possible. It's a great honour to put the England shirt on and I want to do my best whenever I do.

"I don't set targets, I give my all on the pitch and hopefully it's good enough. Hopefully I'll get chance on Wednesday. There are players in the squad for the first time, and there are players like myself, who don't have too many caps. It's a chance for us to stake a claim, and get involved for the qualifier."