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Craig Dawson

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

06/05/1990

Height

188 cm

Signed

31/08/2010

Country

England

CRAIG Dawson lodged another season of progress as a proven Premier League defender having nailed down his starting place under Head Coach Tony Pulis.

Feature

Craig Dawson Q&A

23 May 2017

The versatile defender once again spent the bulk of the campaign as the preferred right-back while also taking the opportunity to remind Albion fans of his central defensive capabilities when injuries cropped up.

Another hugely effective figure at set pieces, Dawson's two goals in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal at The Hawthorns were part of a total of four for the 2016/17 campaign.

It all adds up to a splendid return for the Club when they swooped for Dawson while he was playing for joined Rochdale on transfer deadline day August 2010.

Club News

Dawson signs contract extension

18 February 2016

He immediately returned to the Spotland Stadium for the remainder of that season to continue his football schooling.

Dawson eventually made his Albion debut in a 4-1 League Cup win at Bournemouth in August 2011 - a day before he was called up to the England under-21 squad by then boss Stuart Pearce.

His under-21 debut came in a Euro 2013 qualifier over Azerbaijan, where once again that presence at set pieces shone as he scored two of his four goals in his opening five international games.

He was also part of Pearce's Team GB squad for London 2012, appearing as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium.

His loan spells away from Albion have also been productive: he scored 11 goals in 48 appearances for Rochdale in 2010/11, also netting four times in 16 games for Bolton in 2013.