International Preview

Last updated : 29 March 2005 By Craig Hope (website editor)

Could introduce Dyer if Beckham/Gerrard fail to last 90 minutes
Kieron Dyer was a second-half substitute as England beat Northern Ireland 4-0 at Old Trafford. Indeed, Dyer looked to have taken his improved Newcastle form into the game with him after twice creating good openings after cutting in from the right flank. Dyer and Jenas are in the squad that will face Azerbaijan at St.James’ Park tomorrow night.

James Milner suffered a nasty head injury as
England under-21’s squandered a 2-0 lead against Germany. Steven Taylor was a late substitute whilst Darren Ambrose was not involved. All three are included in the squad once again that will face Azerbaijan at the Riverside Stadium.

Jean-Alain Boumsong furthered his claim to become a regular in the
France defence after starting in the 0-0 draw with Switzerland. He is expected to start tomorrow in Tel Aviv against Israel.

The Toon’s Irish trio of Shay Given, Andy O’Brien and Stephen Carr all started in what turned out to be a disappointing evening for Brian Kerr’s men in
Israel. Having led 1-0 for the majority of the game, a late equaliser denied them three valuable points and the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table with France being held to a draw. Ireland will play China in a friendly in Dublin tomorrow.

Amdy Faye was part of the
Senegal team that beat Liberia 6-1.

No reported injuries from the weekend action. The other members of the first team have now returned from
Dubai and recommence training today ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Aston Villa.