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Pochettino reveals how Eric Dier can get more games

The Tottenham boss is keen for his squad to possess a versatility and knowledge of several positions.

Eric Dier was on the back pages for arguably the wrong reasons in the last couple of weeks, after the 20-year-old was alleged to have refused a call up to the England Under-21 in order to spend time training back at Tottenham.

Gareth Southgate revealed that the defender told him that he would rather work on his role as a central defender than continue at right back for the England side.

But this has been disputed by Dier's club manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has instead emphasised the importance of the youngster getting to know all of the defensive roles to improve as a player.

"His future is better if he improves in different positions," Pochettino said. "This is a good quality. It is gives him more possibility to play in the starting XI.

"He has good characteristics. If you saw the games he played right back or centre back or holding midfield he can play in different situations on the pitch.

"The player said he never refused to play right-back for Gareth, he just asked Gareth to release him so he could have a couple of weeks working with us."

The Express then report that Pochettino denied that Dier has spent the international break working on central defensive skills with the Argentine's assistant Jesus Perez explaining: "When we do defensive and attacking exercises we always rotate the players so they each get to experience all of the positions."

Clearly the Spurs coaching staff believe that versatility is a vital part of the Tottenham player's makeup, something that could continue to see Dier feature at fullback rather than in the centre of defence.

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