Tottenham captain wants quick Europa League qualification

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Tottenham captain Michael Dawson is eager for his side to qualify quickly from their Europa League group so that they can keep their focus on the Premier League.

Spurs kicked off their European campaign in Group K with a 3-0 win over Norwegian team Tromso on Thursday evening featuring a goal from Christian Eriksen and a Jermain Defoe brace.

Last season saw Andre Villas-Boas' side struggle in the group stages only qualifying for the knockout rounds with a victory over Panathinaikos in their final game.

But Dawson wants to qualify quickly this year especially considering that league clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United follow their final two group games.

“Last year we did not get off to the greatest start and we had to keep fighting,” said the England international.

“But now we are up and running with three points and the sooner we qualify, the better.

“The Premier League is the priority but the manager has not hidden the fact that he wants to win the Europa League this season.”

Thursday's win puts them top of their group after Sheriff Tiraspol and Anzhi Makhachkala played out a goalless draw in Moldova.

Jermain Defoe has not started a Premier League game so far this season but his double on Thursday may put him in the running for a starting spot when Spurs visit Cardiff City this weekend. And Dawson was quick to praise his teammate.

“He loves scoring goals. I see him on a daily basis and he is a top player and a top finisher," said the defender.

"We have got a top squad here and whoever plays has got to perform and Jermain has done that.

“Of course it is frustrating when you are not playing. There is no player who will not want to play. You have to come in and train on a daily basis, work hard, and when you get your chance you have got to make sure you take it.”

Tottenham currently sit third in the Premier League behind Liverpool and Arsenal having won three of their first four games.

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