Dawson unmoved by injury

Dawson played more than half of the 2-1 Group Eight win in Norway

with a Terry Butcher-style bandage after a clash of heads left him

bloodied and needing seven stitches. Dawson was forced off the

field for almost 10 minutes in Drammen after earlier heading

England ahead, but he returned to action. “My head’s a bit sore,

but the result was worth it,” the 21-year-old said. “I had seven

stitches. I went up for the header and I think I caught his boot on

the way down, and it split quite easy. “It’s my first war wound for

England. It was bleeding quite heavily. “I was always going to come

back on, definitely. The doc just wanted to stitch it up and get me

back on the field. “It was a great performance from the lads and a

great result in the end. “It’s been a great start to the campaign

and we have just got to keep on going and keep pushing forward.”

Head coach Stuart Pearce – who was in the senior England side 22

years ago when Butcher famously played on against Sweden despite

bleeding profusely – added: “He’s got great courage, he’s a man, is

Dawson. The rest of the boys love him to bits.”