£4m Spurs signing: These three youngsters helped me settle in

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Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier has praised Harry Kane, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard for helping him settle at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier says that Harry Kane, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard helped him settle at the club in the summer.

Dier joined from Sporting Lisbon in a £4 million transfer during the summer transfer window, and he has paid tribute to the trio of Spurs youngsters for the helping hand they gave him as he adapted to his new environment.

He has made the transition with consummate ease, too, and his fine form was rewarded as the 20-year-old was called up to the England under-21 squad this week, as they prepare to take on Croatia in a crucial playoff for the U21 European Championships in 2015.

International recognition can be a daunting prospect, but Dier was thankful to have the three were there to help him bed in again. 

"It’s brilliant that Harry, Pritch and Tom are all in the squad again,” he said to Spurs' official site. “That really helped me when I came to Spurs. That helped me settle in and made it easier. Now it makes it easier with England as well.”

When he returns to club action he will have to say goodbye to Pritchard and Carroll, though, as both are out on loan.

Pritchard is currently on a temporary move to Championship side Brentford, whilst Carroll is hoping to gain experience on a year-long switch to Swansea City. 

Indeed, Dier has turned into the most regular member of the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino, as Kane, too, has had to take a backseat role. 

Kane has made fleeting appearances this season, but he has been second choice up-front as Emmanuel Adebayor remains the Argentine's preference.

Adebayor has struggled for goals, but Pochettino spoke out in support of him and Kane looks set to play a rotational role for some time yet, as a result.

Dier, meanwhile, has been plunged into the first-team at White Hart Lane and largely impressed.  The right-back has had to cover for the injured Kyle Walker during his time at the North London club and done an admirable job. 

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