Ryan Mason explains why Eric Dier's excellence in holding midfield is so vital for Tottenham Hotspur

Eric Dier celebrates with Jamie Vardy (L) after scoring the third goal for England

Dier has blossomed in midfield after Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino converted him from a centre-back at White Hart lane.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has told the club's official website that Eric Dier is so important to have in the holding midfield role because he allows the full-backs to get forward without fear.

Dier excelled in a defensive midfield position this season after Mauricio Pochettino converted him from a centre-back, and he was an integral part of Spurs' title push, playing 51 times in all competitions.

He has also become a fully-fledged England international, winning five caps since the start of last season, and looks a shoo-in to feature for the Three Lions at Euro 2016 in France next month.

Eric Dier celebrates with Jamie Vardy (L) after scoring the third goal for England

Whilst on England duty Dier plays in the same side as his Spurs teammates Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, and Danny Rose, and it is the latter pair who Mason believes his good form has benefited the most.

Mason, who admitted earlier this month that he does not feel hard done by to have been kept out of the team by Dier, told the club's website: "In our style of playing football we get our wing-backs high up and that holding role is massively important.

"It’s ideal with Eric – he’s been fantastic this last season. Playing that role, he can drop in at centre-half as well so then the full-backs can really bomb on and the centre-halves split.

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (L) and Danny Rose

"I think it’s important that the player in that position has a defensive mindset because that helps the team stay high up the pitch, get our passing game going and dominate teams."

Dier's presence in midfield certainly appears to have helped Walker and Rose - the pair have each recorded one goals and three assists from their full-back position with the security of Dier allowing them to bomb forward without concern of leaving the centre-backs exposed.

If Hodgson is brave enough to start the trio, given that he will also surely be handing starts to Kane and Alli, that stretegy could also reap reward for England in France.

Eric Dier celebrates scoring the third goal for England

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