Dawson eyes Euro progress

Spurs have been paired against the current Serie A leaders in the

last 16 of the Champions League. Harry Redknapp’s men have already

taken in continental contests against Inter Milan this season,

faring admirably against the Italian giants home and away – going

down 4-3 at the San Siro and winning 3-1 at White Hart Lane. In

fact, Tottenham have improved as the competition has gone on, with

confidence and belief building with each passing game. Those in the

Spurs camp now see no reason why they cannot claim another

impressive scalp in the form of AC Milan and march on to the

quarter-finals. “I don’t see why we can’t keep going in the

Champions League. We were in a tough group, finished top and put in

some fantastic performances,” said Dawson. “I think the turning

point was away at Inter. We were 4-0 down and it wasn’t looking too

good but we came out and put on a fantastic show in the second half

and that gave us massive belief. “From then on, Inter were

certainly worried about coming to White Hart Lane and we put on

another fantastic show that night, which we’ve done all through the

Champions League campaign.” Spurs go to Italy on Tuesday for the

first leg of their last 16 showdown with AC Milan looking to lay

the foundations for further progress. They will go there in high

spirits, with Dawson revealing that everyone at Tottenham is

determined to make sure the 2010/11 campaign is one to remember.

“We want to finish in the top four again in the Premier League and,

in the Champions League, we have another important game in Milan on

Tuesday,” added the England international. “The Premier League, the

national team, the Champions League – they are all important. And

for me, playing in the Champions League can only help my England

chances. “At Tottenham, we’ve had our fair share of injuries at

centre-half and I missed much of the group stages of the Champions

League through injury. When you are out, you need someone else to

go in there and do well. But we’ve got a good squad of players. “In

central defence there’s Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Sebastien

Bassong – all top players who have done well this season. “Ledley

King is out but Jonathan Woodgate is coming back, so, in my

position, we’ve got a great squad fighting for two places. But that

creates competition and hopefully that will stand us in good

stead.”