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Dyer given two more days to prove fitness

Injured England midfielder Kieron Dyer has been given two more days to prove his fitness for the World Cup starting this month.

"We will have to wait two more days," England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson told a news conference on Sunday at his team's training camp on the South Korean island of Cheju.

Dyer, 23, who missed 10 months last year through injury, hurt his knee after a reckless challenge from Moroccan defender Tahar El-Khalej while playing for his premier league club Newcastle against Southampton.

He joined England's pre-World Cup camp in Dubai on Friday and flew with the team to Cheju on Saturday.

Eriksson said Dyer would see a specialist on Sunday and everything possible would be done before he named his final squad of 23 on Tuesday.

Dyer said if he were not 100 percent fit he would return home.

"If I'm not 100 percent I'm not going to kid myself and I'm going to be completely honest and tell the physios and England manager because they can't be carrying any players in the World Cup," he said.

"On Wednesday they gave me 10 days to two weeks until I'll be playing again so hopefully that's a good sign and that comes true."

England Football Association spokesman Paul Newman told BBC radio that England also had injury concerns over defender Martin Keown (foot) and striker Robbie Fowler (hip).

David Beckham has resumed training after breaking a bone in his left foot and Eriksson said he thought his captain should be ready for the opening match against Sweden on June 2.

"We think he will be ready for the Sweden game and although we can't know 100 percent, all of our medical staff are very positive," Eriksson said.

England play Sweden, Argentina and Nigeria in group F.

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