Scholes blocks Dyer’s England place

Last updated : 26 March 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Why? The form of Manchester United’s Paul Scholes.

"People say to me 'are you frustrated by being an England player and not getting the chance to play in your favourite position?'" Dyer told a press conference at the England training camp

"My answer is, after seeing him again today, Paul Scholes is just on a different planet. He is an unbelievable player. I'm not frustrated because I feel Paul is the best attacking player we've got in the centre of midfield.

"There's talk of this position on the left-side. I do think I could do a job if I played there regularly. When I first came to Newcastle I played there in a number of games. But it's extremely hard playing 20 games in the centre of midfield and then meeting up with England and playing in a position which is different.

"The only real time I have done myself justice in an England shirt was when Peter Taylor was in charge and we played Italy. It's no coincidence that I was playing in my favourite position in the centre of midfield.

"Scholes does get a few bookings, does get a few suspensions. It's a dog-eat-dog world. He has had his suspensions, and hopefully you're next in line. The way Newcastle are playing at the moment, if for some reason another midfielder was picked I would be frustrated. But not at the moment."