Dyer ignores Baines talk
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer insists he won't be using his match-up with Leighton Baines to show off his England credentials.
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Last Updated: 21/09/12 3:19pm
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer insists he will not be using his match-up with Leighton Baines to show off his England credentials.
The 24-year-old former Southampton man has been impressive in the top-flight since the Swans' promotion last year.
He has been tipped to make Roy Hodgson's squad, but is yet to feature for the senior England team.
Ahead of Swansea's fixture with Everton, some have suggested a good game against England international Baines could catapult him into contention but Dyer says he does not see any game like that.
"I think it will give me an extra nudge to face a player of his quality, but when I go out I just enjoy playing, I don't think I need to do this or that for something else to happen, what comes my way, comes my way," he said.
"It has been nice to get mentioned and to have other players and fans recognise I have been playing well, but it's one of those things, you have to keep going, keep grinding out performances, scoring goals and making assists and hopefully you can get a chance.
"But the players in the England squad are great players themselves, so I am not going to say that I should be involved, that's up to selectors and it's up to me to keep pushing."
Swansea will be looking to get back on track against the Toffees after suffering their first defeat of the season at Aston Villa last weekend.
The Swans lie fifth in the table, above seventh-placed Everton on goal difference after the Merseysiders' controversial 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday, when they were denied two legitimate goals by poor decisions from the officials.
Dyer admits he was impressed by the performance of Baines and Steven Pienaar down the Everton left at Goodison Park, but has warned Swansea's opponents they should also be worried about the understanding he has with Angel Rangel on Swansea's right flank.
He said: "I watched the game the other day and Baines has been a great left-back for a number of years and Pienaar is very good on the ball.
"But me and Angel have played together for years and we have a good understanding. So while they are good players, it will also be a good test for them as we can get forward and create a lot of chances."