Dyer out of England squad

Last updated : 14 May 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The reason given by the FA was injury, although they didn’t specify exactly what, and his place has gone to West Ham captain Joe Cole.

Sven-Goran Eriksson told thefa.com: "I am disappointed to lose Kieron. However, in Joe Cole I know I have a very good player who already has international experience and I am confident he'll do a good job for the team."

It’s definitely a case of bad timing for Dyer, as he looked certain to start against Slovakia with David Beckham suspended, although it may hand an opportunity for a first start to Jermaine Jenas.