Kristan Heneage: You're currently on loan with the San Jose Earthquakes, was that a move proposed by Tottenham, San Jose, or yourself?
Simon Dawkins: It was proposed by everybody. I think everyone had a say in it. Frank [Yallop] wanted me to come over for a loan, Tottenham agreed it, and I agreed it too. I thought it was a good thing to do.
KH: Did you have any preconceptions of the US or the league?
SD: No, I didn’t know much about it at all. Since the first day I’ve been here it’s been new to me. I just try to adjust to it.
KH: What do you think of the MLS in terms of a league for developing younger players?
SD: I think it’s a really good league. There are some really good players in this league, which I didn’t expect to see because I never knew much about the league. I think for young players especially, it’s really good. If we can keep getting young players in, it’s only going to help grow the league.
KH: Do you think the reduced spotlight MLS has in America makes it better for players in terms of focusing them?
SD: Maybe in a sense. But the league has only been around for 14 years or however long it’s been. So it’s going to grow even bigger. I think when it gets to where the spotlight is bigger, it will develop some really good players.
SD: Not at that point, no. But there are a lot of good coaches at Tottenham, which really helped me. I finally got back there and showed what I can do and they’ve taken me back, so I’m really pleased.
KH: Following your release you had a trial in France. How important is it that English players open themselves to moves abroad be it Europe or further afield?
SD: Typically what English players like to do is stay in England. It’s very rare that you see a player come out of there (England). I decided to go to France, but that’s where my injury started so it was unfortunate to sign for them. I think it would have been a good move, but it’s not meant to be. So that’s how it goes.
KH: You strike me as a confident person, where do you draw that self-assurance from?
SD: God and belief, you know. I try to stay as humble and I can. I try to do the best I can and try to have as much confidence as I can, because that’s how you perform.
SD: I think he’s been really good. He talks to me a lot, where I can improve and how to help me. He’s been really good since I’ve been here and I’ve had a few good games here. He’s really been helpful for me.”
KH: There are a handful of Englishmen dotted around MLS, have you spoke to any? Received advice perhaps?
SD: Only David Beckham before I came here, actually. He is the only English player that I have spoken to. He told me about the league and told me that it was a really good league for me to be in and for me to improve in. So he was the only guy.
KH: Have you spoken with any teammates at Spurs about potentially coming over for a loan spell?
SD: No I haven’t really had much contact. Only about how things are going and stuff, but nothing more than that because they have been out of season. They’re just starting to come back now but they haven’t really spoken about that.
KH: From Edgware to San Jose it’s been quite a journey already, are you hoping to put down some roots soon and settle?
SD: Who knows. My contract here, on loan, is until November and then I have to go back to Tottenham. You know, I just take it one step at a time and we’ll see what happens in November.
SD: Just doing as well as I can and getting in as many games as I can between now and the end of the season. And we’ll see what happens at the end of the year and take it from there.
KH: Away from football for a second, what car are you driving at the minute?
SD: I’m not driving here at the moment. I was driving a Jeep Cherokee for a while. I’m not sure what I’m going to drive next. I just started to rent a car here.
KH: What’s on your iPod?
SD: Mostly Lil’ Wayne right now. I like Lil’ Wayne. That’s probably what I have on my iPod because I erased everything by accident (Laughs). So I’m starting to boot it back up again.
KH: How do you like to relax?
SD: I like to just chill with friends and teammates and maybe go to the movies or lunch. That kind of stuff. Laid back and relaxing things.
KH: Do you have an iPad and if so what’s your favorite app?
SD: No. I want to get an iPad, but it’s so light I know I would drop it and break it (laughs). But I’m still deciding whether to get it or not.
KH: What’s the one thing you miss and don’t miss about England?
SD: Obviously I miss my family and friends. That’s a major thing for me because I like to spend a lot of time with them. Obviously they can’t be here. One thing I don’t miss is the weather. That’s something I will never ever miss, I think. It’s terrible right now. Even in the summer it’s raining. I’m glad I can be in a t-shirt right now (laughs).