Kieron Dyer to play at right-back for England?


5th, June 2007


Dyer%2C%20Kieron.jpgThe word on the street is that Kieron Dyer may start at right-back for England against Estonia tomorrow. The Newcastle midfielder (there’s a clue in there somewhere, Stevie Mac) would replace the hopelessly one-paced Jamie Carragher, who played there against Brazil; Carra is set to switch to partner John Terry at centre-back, which makes more sense.
A fully fit Dyer is a definite asset to any England squad, but to play him out of position in a crucial qualifier away from home is a gamble, to say the least – I guess the management want him to overlap Beckham on the right wing and provide the injection of pace that Becks lacks. As much as it pains me to say it, Phil Neville is probably the best option McLaren has in the right-back slot at the moment.
It also seems that Peter Crouch will replace the ineffective Alan Smith up front, which again makes perfect sense. So the England starting XI against Estonia could be: Robinson; Dyer, Terry, Carragher, Shorey; J Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham; Crouch, Owen

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  1. Dan says:

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all, Dyer played right back for England very effectively at Wembley once (albeit against Luxembourg), and his pace will be an asset giving Carragher’s lack of ability to get forward. We have to attack Estonia – they haven’t even scored a goal in the group! As for the Phil Neville suggestion – why why why?

  2. Amro says:

    Playing Dyer right back!!!! Its time for McLaren to be left back…

  3. Ben says:

    Estonia’s going to put 11 men behind the ball anyway, so why not have a “fullback” that can contribute on the attacking end. It’s not like he’s going to have to do that much defending anyway.

  4. joe says:

    Ben’s got a good point, if Dyer does much work in his own half then the match is already lost. They might think about someone even more attack minded. Crouch and Owen, normally a rubbish partnership might work against such weak opponents.