England took on Holland yesterday evening at Wembley and the rotation of the team from the 3-2 win against Germany on Saturday clearly did not work.
One man who came out of that team was their match-winner on the day Eric Dier. He scored a late header against Germany in Berlin to win the game but it was the defensive side of the Tottenham Hotspur star’s game that was missing v Holland.
One man who clearly rates him is former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
The Sky Sports pundit was talking to talkSPORT today about the Tottenham star and had this to say:
“The two centre-backs (against Germany) on Saturday night were really lucky that they had (Eric) Dier there.
“He was just putting out fires all over the pitch.
“He’s six foot plus, great in the air. He has played centre-back, played right-back. So whenever he fills into those roles it is natural to him.
“He’s very quick, he covers ground, he deserves a start.”
Dier’s presence certainly helps out Roy Hodgson in his defensive options.
It is being suggested that the inclusion of the Tottenham star could see England only take three out-and-out centre-halves to France in the summer – with Dier capable of filling in.
With Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and John Stones all proving that they are prone to an error or two this season the presence of the Tottenham defensive midfielder could prove vital to England shutting out opponents this summer.
It could end up that Dier is key.