Dyer wants central role for England

Last updated : 19 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Dyer’s England appearances so far have been restricted to right back or left wing and have mostly been from the substitutes bench, but with Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard struggling for form he sees this as the ideal time to press for a starting place in his preferred position.

"I've spoken to the England manager and he's told me he knows my best position is either centre midfield or centre-forward," Dyer told The Journal.

"But Mr Eriksson said it was going to be extremely hard with Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard in front of me. Just breaking into them is a battle in itself.

"But that's life. If you want to do the business for England these days, then you've got do your best for your club and then break in ahead of Gerrard and Scholes.

"The best way to drive on my career, and to be a real star, is to break into the national team.

"I'm not talking about getting into the squad anymore. At first, you're happy with that, but it's very frustrating when you're on the bench and not really involved. You have to get into the England XI, stay there and be a regular.

"Obviously, that's the next stage. What do I have to do? Keep banging in 25-yard wonder-goals, I suppose! You have to do the business with your club first and then the international level comes next.

"The team is playing extremely well and we have two high-profile games coming up. If you do well, everything should follow after that."

Dyer is currently with the England squad for a two-day training get together.

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