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.