The pair are the current starting centre-backs for the England Under-21s.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has certainly had a week to remember. After helping the England under-21s to two victories this week he has also secured his long-term future. He signed a deal with Spurs until 2020 yesterday, a sign of the impression he has made since returning to English football after growing up in the youth system of Sporting Lisbon.
His performances for the England under-21s have certainly been impressive and interestingly those performances have come alongside a player from Tottenham’s bitter rivals Arsenal.
He has formed a good relationship at the back with Calum Chambers. The pair have looked a solid combination despite their North London rivalry.
Speaking to TheFA.com Dier has made it clear that he enjoys playing alongside his Arsenal counterpart:
“I think we understand each other well and I’ve played with him [Chambers] before once or twice, so we both know what each other does and we have two good full-backs who have been playing regularly for their clubs."
Chambers and Dier are certainly two hot prospects for the future and a duo of defenders that English football is after. Much in the mould of John Stones or Chris Smalling the pair are more than just ‘clear your lines’ defenders and can play a little as well.
The fact they are local rivals for Tottenham and Arsenal does not seem to be impacting on their excellent relationship for the national age groups and in years to come, who knows, they might just be playing for the senior side together?