Dier or Drinkwater: who should start for England at Euro 2016?

Daniel Drinkwater v Eric Dier: Head to Head: : 20160527

The Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur stars are competing for a place in England's midfield.

Daniel Drinkwater v Eric Dier: Head to Head: : 20160527

With Euro 2016 on the horizon, England have a number of selection issues to resolve before their first game in France.

After a strong Premier League campaign, there are a number of players in Roy Hodgson’s squad currently all vying for a starting place.

Turkey's Volkan Sen in action with England's Eric DierTurkey's Volkan Sen in action with England's Eric Dier

The defensive midfield position is likely to be key to their hopes at the tournament, and luckily the England boss has two very good options available to him.

Eric Dier has done well for Tottenham Hotspur, while Danny Drinkwater was one of the key players in Leicester City’s Premier League title winning campaign.

But which player deserves to start at the tournament? We decided to take a look at how they compared across this past season.

  TeamWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameDuel Won per GamePoss Won Mid 3rd per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GameTouches per GameAppearances
Daniel Drinkwater Leicester 2.11 1.57 5.46 5.29 9.77 44 1.26 72.6 35
Eric Dier Tottenham 1.73 2.16 5.32 2.68 4.08 46.89 0.49 68.7 37

And as it transpires, the Foxes star has been the better as he came out on top in six of the eight areas we looked at.

On a per game basis he won more tackles, defensive duels and possession in the midfield third as well as posting more ball recoveries.

He also managed more key passes and touches per game than the Spurs midfielder this past season.

It wasn’t all bad news for Dier though as he managed to win more interceptions per game and had a better tally when it came to accurate passes.

Nonetheless, a somewhat surprising result and it will be interesting to see which man Hodgson chooses in his team.

England's Danny Drinkwater during trainingEngland's Danny Drinkwater during training

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