England legends say this Spurs player should start against Germany

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Stuart Pearce and Terry Butcher say that this Tottenham Hotspur player should be given his second England start against Germany next weekend.

 

England legends Terry Butcher and Stuart Pearce have said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 17 at 10.15am, that Eric Dier should start for England against Germany next weekend.

 

After this weekend's Premier League fixtures, Roy Hodgson's side play friendly internationals against Germany and the Netherlands as he continues to look at players who could potentially break into his team for Euro 2016.

 

With the away clash in Berlin one of the last opportunities to experiment with newcomers and different formations, both Butcher and Pearce have suggested that Dier should be given the chance in front of the back four after excelling in that role for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

 

The 22-year-old has made 73 appearances for Spurs since joining the club in 2014, but he has played just two times for England and the two former defenders feel that the clash in Germany will represent a good opportunity to play against high-quality opposition.

 

Both Butcher and Pearce have also agreed that Spurs teammate Dele Alli and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley should line up alongside Dier.

 

Butcher said: "I think Dier has had a fabulous season. He is exciting and he not only breaks play up, he can advance with the ball comfortably.

"In Barkley and Alli, you also have two attacking midfield players who can link up with the striker. Barkley has had a good season, Alli has had a phenomenal season and they work hard to get forward and work hard to get back. It's a bit open but it is exciting and it has got pace."

As well as including Dier, Alli and Barkley, Pearce has chosen Jordan Henderson on the right of a diamond setup.

Pearce said: "I have chosen players that they are most comfortable in. I think we both see Dier in that sitting position, which is where he plays his club football, and it gives Henderson and Alli the chance to use their energy to get into the box and get on the end of things and Barkley then has no defensive responsibility."

All four players were selected when Hodgson named his squad on Thursday morning.

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