Kieron Dyer says he would have three former Newcastle team-mates in his ‘dream five-a-side team.
Asked to choose five players from those that he played with, the former NUFC player also went for two England colleagues.
Dyer choosing Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand from when he played for his country, with Shay Given and Nobby Solano also making the cut.
I take it choosing Michael Owen ahead of Alan Shearer wasn’t for football reasons – more likely due to Shearer giving him a hard time for acting up when the former midfielder was at St James Park.
Kieron Dyer was taking part in a question and answer session with The Mail and inevitably was also asked about the current issues at Newcastle United.
The bottom line for Dyer is that with the current position NUFC find themselves in, he does ‘fear for them’.
Highlighting no regular goalscorer as a big concern, he believe it will be a struggle.
However, Kieron Dyer does think that Newcastle have got an ‘X-Factor’ in Rafa Benitez, if anybody can keep the Magpies up it will be him.
Dyer hopes that Rafa can succeed and set off a chain reaction with survival from possible relegation being followed by Ashley selling up, meaning Rafa Benitez will be up for staying, then NUFC having the chance at last of being the best they can be in the Premier League.
Kieron Dyer talking to The Mail:
‘What would be your dream five-a-side team of players you played with?’
“I’d have Shay Given in goal, Rio Ferdinand at the back.
“Paul Scholes and Nolberto Solano in midfield and Michael Owen up front.”
‘What do you make of the problems at Newcastle?’
“I do fear for them.
“Goals have been hard to come by and they don’t have a prolific goalscorer.
“It is going to be a struggle but their big advantage is that Rafa Benitez is top drawer. He could be the X-factor that keeps them up.
‘Martin Keown had a habit of pinching his opponents. Were you ever one of his victims?’
“Only two players ever pinched me – Dennis Wise and Martin Keown.
“Wise would foul you, go to pick you up then pinch you in the gut. Keown wasn’t so subtle!”