Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail he believes Eric Dier is a rare talent, who could soon become an England international.
The 21-year-old put in a controlled performance for Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, even scoring in the stunning 4-1 win over Manchester City.
A former Spurs midfielder himself, Redknapp says that part of Dier's talent is that he does not attempt to over reach beyond what he is capable of.
He said: "He is a really intelligent young footballer. He is quick, passes the ball well and knows his limitations — he is happy to do the dirty work and let others take over.
"Hodgson may have looked at him as a defender but now he is forcing himself into contention as a midfielder, because England haven’t got too many like him."
Dier is already an England under-21 international, but has been determined to play there as a centre-back, rather than a full-back. The Telegraph reported a year ago that he opted out of one of Gareth Southgate's squads as he only wanted to play in the centre.
For Tottenham he appears more than happy to be playing in a different position, looking comfortable shielding the defence even against an attack as dangerous and multi-faceted as Manchester City's.
England have played City's Fabian Delph in a holding role recently, who was out injured for the clash at the weekend, while the Three Lions have also experimented with Manchester United defender Phil Jones similarly.
Dier's Spurs teammates Kyle Walker, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane are all part of the England senior squad, and based on his early season performances there will be little surprise if he joins them.