Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Burning Cole Has Dyer on Fringes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Burning Cole Has Dyer on Fringes

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Kieron Dyer has now played 28 times for England, but only seven of those have come as starts. Luke Edwards charts the United midfielder's frustrations

When Kieron Dyer last ran on to the St James's Park pitch in an England shirt he did so believing it would probably be the last time he had the honour as a Newcastle player.

With feelings still raw over his refusal to play on the right-wing on the opening day of the season at Middlesbrough, Dyer's introduction as a second-half substitute prompted a symphony of boos and jeers, a chorus of displeasure which continued every time he touched the ball.

Yet now Dyer's rejuvenation has been one of this season's most surprising stories, those same fans who once booed the very mention of his name have had their faith restored. However, hopes his rehabilitation would be rewarded at international level have proven unfounded, the midfielder once again taking his place in an England squad, but being unable to secure the key role he hankers after.

Ironically, had the 26-year-old been playing as well as a wide player as he is now, six months ago, he would have started in that difficult encounter against the Ukraine back in August and might have been established himself in the starting XI.

With Sven-GUran Eriksson struggling to find a solution to his persistently problematic left-wing slot, the Swede was desperate to find a wide player in form. Dyer, though, was convinced he was a central midfielder and never did himself justice out wide until Souness applied some gentle coercion.

Sadly, now that he has proven he can be as dangerous out wide as he is in the middle, Dyer's international frustration has merely continued ( largely due to the form of Chelsea's Joe Cole.

There may not have been much to choose between the trickster from East London or the King of Bling from Suffolk a week ago, but Cole, with Champions League matches under his belt with title pretenders Chelsea, got Eriksson's vote. …

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