Jason Cundy says Eric Dier should have started for England v Spain

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Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier made his England debut on Friday.

Dier was a surprise call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the ongoing international break, but Jason Cundy has told talkSPORT that he would have started the young midfielder in Friday’s game against Spain.

Cundy said: “When I was picking my team, I would have started Eric Dier. That’s been a problem position for England for years, as there’s never really been a defensive midfielder who has stayed and done that job. They’ve tried with [Gareth] Barry, Scott Parker, Nick Barmby. Dier can become that player, and that solves a big problem for England.”

Dier has shown a wealth of talent this year, and he appears to be the real deal, rather than just a player enjoying good form.

Most importantly, Dier plays in a role which has proven troublesome for England in recent years, with no other player able to take that anchor man position up to a top class level.

The likes of Michael Carrick and Fabian Delph are not as defensively assured as Dier, and they also seem to struggle under pressure as well - something Dier has proven he can overcome.

He is young and inexperienced, but Dier could realistically become a stalwart of the England international team for the next decade.

However, Cundy - who used to play for Spurs - believes Dier should have already stepped up into an important role in the England team, by starting against Spain on Friday evening.

The Tottenham man came on as a second half substitute, but had little time to impose himself upon the game, and could be in line to make a starting appearance against France this week.

There are few doubts that Dier has a big future in the game, and it is hard to disagree with Cundy that the young midfielder can become a key player for England in the future, as he will seemingly fix a major problem that has troubled the country for many years.

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