Forget Wilshere, Hodgson should pick Eric Dier in holding midfield during Euro 2016

The Tottenham Hotspur man would be a far superior option to the Arsenal playmaker based on how things are going.

With Roy Hodgson's England side now qualified for Euro 2016 after a seamless group campaign, attention has naturally turned to who should play for the Three Lions in France.

An area up for plenty of debate is in holding midfield. The experienced Michael Carrick is an option, while Jonjo Shelvey has been played in central midfield by Hodgson of late.

But the England boss's preferred candidate with everyone fully fit is Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere, make no mistake about that.

That's why there's plenty of talk of the Gunners midfielder making the starting XI when he returns from injury - despite currently being out for a lengthy period.

There is a better option just across north London, however, in Tottenham's Eric Dier.

Indeed, Dier has taken to the holding midfield role like a duck to water in the Premier League. During his first ever taste of the position, the Spurs youngster has become one of the most in-form defensive midfielders in the top flight.

The 21-year-old was picked for the Under-21s during the latest international break while the younger Dele Alli got a senior call-up. That was likely to give the Tottenham talent a taste of the big time but Dier needs to be given a call-up next - and more game time.

For, if Dier continues at his current rate, he will be a much better option than Arsenal's Wilshere regardless of the England man's performances at the time. The Tottenham midfielder will have had a whole season in the role by the time Euro 2016 comes, while Wilshere's fitness is never guaranteed.

Of course, things may change by then - Dier could be moved back into defence and the Arsenal man may well hit supreme form when he comes back to fitness. But Wilshere's name - just like Wayne Rooney's - shouldn't ensure him an England spot, especially when others are playing better (or even playing in the first place...).

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