Former Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson has told The Athletic which former Reds star he had on the back of his shirt when he was younger.

The man who made four appearances for England during his career was discussing Forest fan, Joe Worrall.

He suggested that the player understands the ethos of Forest just like he did as he grew up in North Yorkshire as a big Reds supporter.

Dawson called time on his playing career at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and is now a pundit for Sky Sports and an ambassador for Tottenham.

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In an interview with The Athletic, he’s explained which Forest star he had on the back of his shirt prior to him joining the Forest academy.

He said: “Joe is a Forest fan, he’s lived in the city all his life. He knows what it means. I know what the means myself. I watched Forest in the Premier League, as a fan – I had Bryan Roy on the back of my shirt.”

Dawson is a modern-day legend at the City Ground. His second spell wasn’t quite as fruitful but he left having played 121 times for the Reds in total.

He was part of the Forest squad that lost to Sheffield United in the 2003 play-offs. He was suspended for the second leg having been sent off in a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

Forest do have a slender advantage ahead of tonight but extending it is likely to be the order of the day for Steve Cooper.

Dawson picks Roy and that won’t be a surprise to Forest fans

The Dutch magician was a brilliant signing for the Reds after he checked in from Foggia. He played 92 times for the Reds, scoring 25 goals and claiming 16 assists.

Roy was a firm fan favourite and he struck up a fearsome partnership with Stan Collymore at the City Ground.

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It’s perhaps no surprise to see Dawson name Roy as the player that he had on the back of his Forest shirt. He brought flair, pace and some brilliant goals to the City Ground and fans were sad to see him leave.

Roy played all of his football for Forest in the Premier League. If Forest can overcome Sheffield United tonight, they will be 90 minutes away from emulating the Dutchman.

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