Paul Scholes explains his doubts over Tottenham's Eric Dier's midfield credentials

Audi Cup 2015

Paul Scholes is unsure about Eric Dier as a defensive midfielder.

Eric Dier has been a revelation in midfield this season for Tottenham Hotspur, even earning a call up for England in the position.

Despite this, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is unconvinced he is a long term option for club or country.

Speaking as a pundit for ITV during their broadcast of England's friendly with France, Scholes posed his question of the 21-year-old.

He said: "Dier's done well. Is he a central midfielder? I'm not sure if he has the quality to be a top holding player. He gets around the pitch well, but when he has the ball..."

Scholes was suggesting that Dier is fine without the ball breaking up play, but at the highest level he may be found wanting in possession.

As a defender converted into midfield, that may be expected, however in the friendly win over France, Dier acquitted himself well.

Dier was tidy, completing 87 per cent of his passes, although did not create any opportunities or record any shots on target.

He will be aware he has plenty of improving to do, but to be starting for his country at 21 shows he is on the right track, and Scholes' comments should keep his fire burning to further kick on. 

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