Stats: Does Nathan Dyer deserve to be in the England squad?

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Nathan Dyer is still waiting for an England call-up after being overlooked again, but does he deserve to be in the squad based on this season's displays?

Roy Hodgson's latest England squad included another pair of new names as Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey were rewarded for their positive starts to the new campaign.

However, Shelvey's Swansea teammate Nathan Dyer is still waiting for the call from Hodgson, and he must be wondering what more he has to do to make the Three Lions squad.

England are preparing for European qualifiers against San Marino on Thursday night, before facing Estonia on Sunday in games that would have allowed Hodgson to experiment a little bit more with his side.

Andros Townsend, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Adam Lallana can all operate on the wings for England, though the first three are the most likely to feature out wide.

Nathan Dyer has been in fine form so far this season, and the consistent 26-year-old should have been included in Hodgson's plans according to plenty of fans up and down the country.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChances CreatedAccurate Pass / appsSuccessful Take-Ons / appsFinal Third Entries / appsTouches / appsMins
Nathan Dyer Swansea MF 7 3 0 3 22.71 1.14 1.43 42.14 524
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 7 1 0 4 20.29 1.86 4.00 37.57 299
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 7 3 2 18 26.86 2.86 3.86 56.43 554
James Milner Man City MF 5 0 2 16 46.40 0.80 6.60 74.00 372
Adam Lallana Liverpool MF 4 1 0 4 23.00 1.50 1.50 44.75 286
Andros Townsend Spurs MF 2 0 0 3 14.50 0.50 1.50 25.00 60

Dyer and Sterling have both scored three times in the Premier League already this season, and the Swansea man's composure in front of goal gives him an edge over other players fighting for the same position in the national side.

Statistically, Sterling and Milner have been the best two wide-men in contention for a starting role in Hodgson's side, as the Liverpool and City stars have created 18, and 16 chances respectively already this season. Dyer has created just three, but he has been the man putting the ball in the net on some occasions.

Andros Townsend has not started a game in the league this season, and he hasn't shone when called upon at Spurs either, so his inclusion is a strange one.

Dyer has completed more passes per appearance, and enjoyed more than twice the amount of successful take-ons per game than Townsend so far this season, and the Swansea winger should be in the England squad ahead of the Spurs man on merit alone.

Hodgson has overlooked him this time around, but if Dyer can continue to impress with the Swans, it would only appear to be a matter of time before he is included in an England team that is far from being moulded, as Hodgson continues to call up players from lesser teams such as Clyne, Shelvey, and Fabian Delph.

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