Kieron Dyer cost West Ham £16m in total and England Fans to Sing ‘La Marseillaise’

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Marseillaise” set to be displayed on the screens at both ends of England’s national stadium.

Guardian adds:

Wembley’s iconic arch will also remain illuminated by the French Tricolore, with France’s national motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité also on display.

England fans, who have traditionally held up cards to form a huge cross of St George, will instead create a French Tricolor, while both teams will wear black armbands.

Around 70,000 fans are expected to attend the match which will be preceded by a minute’s silence.

Mark Perryman, a fan representative and organiser for Raise the Flag (h/t BBC), added that they “leapt at the idea” to change the England flag to the French tricolor before the game.

David Gold has revealed that Kieron Dyer’s spell at West Ham cost the club £16 million, in which the injury-plagued midfielder failed to score a single Premier League goal.

Hammers co-chairman Gold was responding to a question from a fan on social media, saying the transfer cost £6m and a further £10m spent on wages during a four-year stay at Upton Park.

Dyer is back in the limelight after going into the jungle for ITV show ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’, with the new series first airing on Sunday night.

The former England midfielder joined West Ham from Newcastle with a decent reputation, despite having a catalogue of injuries, but failed to keep his body together as he managed just 30 top-flight appearances.
West Ham’s Kieron Dyer and Bolton’s Lee Chong-Yong challenge for the ball during their English Premier League match at Upton Park in London
West Ham’s Kieron Dyer and Bolton’s Lee Chong-Yong challenge for the ball during their English Premier League match at Upton Park in London – Reuters

He was snapped up by Queens Park Rangers upon being released by the Hammers, but again struggled to make an impact before concluding his career with a marginally more successful short-term spell at Middlesbrough.

Dyer is donating his fee for ‘I’m A Celebrity’ to the Jude Brady Foundation, which helps awareness and funds for families coping with stillbirths and neonatal deaths. His brother died at birth when he was seven.

John Doe

John Doe is a senior editor at DW Focus, where he has covered international conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans since 1997. A native of South Africa, he now resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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