Returning Hull defender still has England ambitions

Date published: Wednesday 26th October 2016 1:09 - Mark Scott

Michael Dawson: Sets his sights on England

Hull boss Mike Phelan says his fit-again captain Michael Dawson remains determined to play for England again.

Dawson won the last of his four England caps over five-and-a-half years ago in a 2-0 Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Wales in Cardiff.

The 32-year-old missed the start of Hull’s season with a knee injury, but he impressed and scored on his second appearance in the Tigers’ 2-1 EFL Cup win at Bristol City on Tuesday night.

And with England hardly blessed by a wealth of quality central defenders, Phelan raised the possibility of Dawson forcing his way back into the national set-up.

“Michael’s played at the highest level and he still wants to play at the highest level,” Phelan said.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been there and seen it and he knows what it takes to win football matches.

“He does inspire others around him.

“We’ve got a few new players in this group and they will realise that a Michael Dawson in your team is a plus.”

Dawson was injured in a pre-season friendly at Mansfield in July and did not return until Saturday’s Premier League game against Stoke.

Phelan admitted he had considered leaving the former Tottenham defender out at Ashton Gate.

But Dawson convinced Phelan that he was fine to play and Hull duly ended a run of four straight defeats.

“He played a game last week and it was a case of do we put him in another one because he’ll end up playing three games in a week,” Phelan said.

“It’s important when you ask a player how he feels and if he is ready for games.

“When he says ‘yes’ you get them in there playing. He’s come through terrific and that’s good for us.

“Confidence is a big thing and we have been on the back of a few hidings. A couple of those have come with 10 men, but we have got to be resilient.

“It was important we came here and showed authority, that we are a Premier League team.”

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