West Brom star eyes ‘dream’ England role

Craig Dawson: In action against West Ham

Craig Dawson: In action against West Ham

West Brom defender Craig Dawson is hoping that his recent run of form has drawn the attention of England boss Gareth Southgate.

Dawson, who won 15 England U-21 caps and played for Team GB at the London Olympics, has been incredibly consistent at the heart of the Baggies defence all season and Southgate was in attendance as West Brom earned a 2-2 draw at West Ham on Saturday.

The national team boss was no doubt looking to run the rule over West Ham’s in-form striker Andy Carroll but he missed out through injury and Dawson, 26, put in an assured performance as the visitors grabbed a last-ditch point.

“Everyone dreams of playing for their country,” said Dawson after the game. “But you’ve just got to continue to play well and see what happens.

“I’m sure he (Southgate) was looking at several players. It was a good game to come and watch.”

Given the real dearth of talent in the central defensive positions for England, it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that Dawson could get the nod when Southgate picks his next squad for a friendly in Germany in late March.