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Fazackerley: Dunn Not Dusted Yet

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn has what it takes to force his way back into the England set-up, that is what Rovers legend Derek Fazackerley feels anyway.

Dunn has made a superb start to the season, which has seen him get back to somewhere near his very best (after years of injury misfortune) and the kind of form that brought him an England cap back in 2002, during his first spell with Rovers.

Since returning he has steadily built up his fitness and form, thus far avoiding major injuries (touch wood, LONG may this continue!) and it is this form that makes Fazackerley (who coached Dunn, and other during his coaching days at Ewood Park) think that he could make it back into the England set-up.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "David was one of the young players coming through when I was at Rovers along with Damien Duff, Damien Johnson, Martin Taylor and players like that.

"There's no doubt that David is a very talented player. He struggled for about two years with hamstring injuries and hopefully that's behind him now.

"I think, first and foremost, he needs six months playing on a regular basis and then maybe he can look to get back into the England team.

"There's lots of competition for places in midfield in the England team at the moment, But, at the moment, Frank Lampard is injured and Steven Gerrard is injured so you never know when the opportunity is going to come up and you have to be ready for it.

"If David does well for Rovers, that will put him back into the spotlight and the opportunity may present itself
."

This in not something that should be ruled out (even if it may have seemed unlikely) but staying injury free and performing consistently well for Rovers is the first stage, but you never can tell what might happen?!?!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 6 2007

Time: 10:45PM

Your Comments

This kind of scenario appeared HIGHLY unlikely even a few months back, but Dunny has been their before, so although I had virtually written it off (only saying he could get back in in jest) should he maintain his form long-term then why shouldn't he get back in again?!?!
Hughes Da Man
This I'm afraid will never happen. That's not to say if he keeps performing he should be in but he plays for an unfashionable club and age is against him. However, let's hope that eh keeps performing so well that more words like this materialise.
roversman
As long as he keep performing for us, I don't care he if never gets called up again. It would be good for him to recognition for his efforts, though.
Decimus Poole
Dunns problems in the past have not just been physical. At one stage he lost his 'appetite' to perform at the top level. It seems those problems are now in the past and his desire to play hard and win, are back. I was not sorry to see the overweight and depressed Dunn go to Birmingham. I thought that it was probably a mistake to buy him back, seems I was wrong. Sorry David
r.waterfall
Personally I also had doubts about his returning, but I'm MORE than glad I have been proved wrong (so far) long may it continue!
Yes it would be nice to see him play for England again, and stranger things have happened but it is not likely is it. As others have said playing well for Rovers is the MOST important thing at this stage, anything else is a bonus.
Hughes Da Man
Might be a bit of a prestige issue but with his injury problems if he goes away with England he may not come back again
Phartman87
Whilst not just focusing on dunny, i just feel its great we are getting a lot of positive talk in the media. Every1 is saying good stuff about us, and thats fantastic news. Credit must go to every1 at rovers and our man sparky
sasman
He will find it tough to get into the England squad... Midfield is an area we are blessed in so it will take a lot but all he can do is plug away and if he continues to play how he has been he will do himself no harm whatsoever.
MikeyGamst
 

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