D-Day today for Dyer

KIERON Dyer is today set to find out whether he can make his first steps back to resurrect his England career.While Steve McClaren's men are preparing for vital qualifiers against Estonia and Russia, Dyer will be in London for scans.

By Derek Davis

KIERON Dyer is today set to find out whether he can make his first steps back to resurrect his England career.

While Steve McClaren's men are preparing for vital qualifiers against Estonia and Russia, Dyer will be in London for scans.

Dyer said: “I have a big day today because I have another X-ray in London and if that is fine then I can start putting weight on the leg and take the next step in my training.

“It will be a good sign that I can push on and get back playing.”

The former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United has refused to set targets as to when he will be back but is confident England will make the European championships finals in 2008.

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“The pitch in Moscow will be a nightmare for England but I'm convinced they will get the results and qualify for next year's finals.

“They are a long way off and I don't set targets because that is the best way forward for me.”

Dyer's career has been littered with injuries so he knows how to deal with the frustration and disappointment of not playing.

He said: “I'm mentally very strong now and can deal with it.”

Dyer now lives back in Ipswich and has sponsored an Ipswich Town Under 18s friendly against Arsenal to be played at Portman Road on October 18, enabling under 16s getting in free to watch.