Eric Dier has told the London Evening Standard that Harry Kane is his inspiration at Tottenham Hotspur.
Kane enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough year last season, where he netted 31 goals in all competitions and became one of the Premier League’s most feared marksmen.
And Dier claims that Kane’s rapid rise is one that he wants to emulate in the coming years.
“I have known Harry a long time and we have played in lots of England age groups together and now for Tottenham," he said.
“To see someone make a path all the way through to the senior England team, you look at it and know you can follow in their footsteps and go the same way. It gives you a bit of extra confidence that if someone else can do it, you can do it, too.
“It was great for Harry last season, he had an unbelievable season and, hopefully, he can continue to do that and we can play a lot together for Tottenham and England, too.”
Dier has made a magnificent start to this season, and he has earned international recognition on the back of his fine form.
The 21-year-old was handed his first senior England cap against France last month, and he looked impressive on the Wembley stage.
Dier’s performances have been transformed since he stepped into a defensive midfield role at Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino has deployed Dier as a midfield enforcer in most of his side’s matches so far this season, and the youngster has proved very reliable.
Dier has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers to date, and he is now regarded as one of England’s brightest up-and-coming prospects.