Michael Dawson is an English centre back who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. Although not always a starter at the North London club Dawson has played over 250 matches for the club. Dawson is most notably known for his strength and aerial abilities making him a key defender at the club.
Michael Dawson is a centre back who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur after beginning his career with the Nottingham Forest youth team in 1997. After spending several years in the Forest academy, Dawson made the breakthrough to the first team in April 2002 during a 3-2 defeat against Walsall. The following campaign saw the young defender form a partnership with veteran Des Walker that led Forest to 6th in the first division. However, they eventually lost in the play off semi finals to Sheffield United over two legs. Unfortunately, a case of glandular fever saw Dawson miss a large proportion of the 03/04 season. The 2004/05 campaign was no better for the defender as Forest were relegated to the 3rd tier for only the second time in their history.
As a result of the team's decline, Dawson was sold to Tottenham in the summer of 2005 for a combined £8 million with Andy Reid. He settled well into life in the Premier League with a series of good performances alongside Ledley King. His never say die attitude turned him into a fan favourite immediately. However following the club's near miss at breaking into the top four, Dawson lost form which coincided with Tottenham's poor start to the next season.
He was displaced by Jonathon Woodgate before winning his place back due to the defender's injury nightmares. Under Harry Redknapp, Dawson has re-found his initial form at the club which has seen him becoming a regular starter. The defender has played 124 times for Tottenham although he has never received a full England cap despite being in the squad on a handful of occasions.