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Steve McClaren remembers hilarious story of Trevor Sinclair and Kieron Dyer taking part in tennis day earlier than England’s 2002 World Cup conflict vs Argentina


Steve McClaren has recalled how he was livid with Trevor Sinclair and Kieron Dyer for taking part in tennis the day earlier than a crunch 2002 World Cup sport.

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Sweden of their opening match, the strain was on the Three Lions to beat Argentina in Japan.

McClaren was a coach underneath England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson
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And former West Ham star Sinclair and ex-Newcastle ace Dyer clearly weren’t feeling the warmth as they performed tennis 24 hours earlier than – a lot to the annoyance of McClaren, who was an England coach working with supervisor Sven-Goran Eriksson on the time.

McClaren and Sinclair had been each on talkSPORT’s White and Sawyer present to relive the incident on Wednesday.


Sinclair: “Eighteen years in the past, we’re in Japan, we’re taking part in Argentina the following day, what was your model of accounts when Kieran Dyer and I had been taking part in tennis?

Trevor Sinclair began three video games for England on the 2002 World Cup
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“We had been bored, we didn’t assume we had been going to play [against Argentina], however you got here out of the resort screaming and shouting at us.”

McClaren: “Completely bloody proper as a result of Sven stated, ‘no, Steve, you possibly can’t go and play tennis this afternoon as a result of we’ve bought conferences’.

“I’m then taking a look at you two taking part in tennis, considering, ‘proper, I’m going to take it out on these two! If I can’t play tennis as a result of I’ve bought conferences this afternoon, they’re not going to play tennis as a result of we’ve bought a sport tomorrow’.

“It’s a squad sport, Trevor, you already know that. You can be referred to as upon at any time.

McClaren claimed Dyer (pictured) was thrashing Sinclair in a tennis match
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“If we get accidents or diseases, you would be there. Think about the vitality you spent on that tennis court docket – and by the best way, Kieran Dyer was killing you at that sport!”

Sinclair: “You’re joking, aren’t you? He was garbage!”

McClaren: “I in all probability rescued and saved you some huge cash, as a result of little question, you had a wager on that sport.”


Dyer was an unused substitute in a 1-Zero win over Argentina, whereas Sinclair changed an injured Owen Hargreaves within the 19th minute.

Sinclair went on to begin all of England’s remaining World Cup video games as they had been knocked out by eventual winners Brazil within the quarter-finals.


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