Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer's No 'Sicknote' Anymore

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer's No 'Sicknote' Anymore

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Kieron Dyer's form is already good enough to take him back into the England squad, but Nigel Pearson believes the Newcastle midfielder is more concerned with ridding himself of his "sicknote" tag.

Dyer is expected to be named in Steve McClaren's squad for next month's friendly against Spain and Pearson feels an international recall would be richly deserved. But Newcastle's assistant manager has suggested the former Ipswich star is concentrating more on proving to people his lengthy injury problems are behind him.

Pearson said: "Kieron's form has been very, very good. He works particularly hard and he is very keen to prove he is over his injuries. The more games he plays the better chance he has got of getting rid of that tag. He works very hard to maintain his fitness.

"He is a type of player who is very rare. He's a very important player for us and I think, as he's fully fit, he can offer something to the England side. …

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