David Seaman says he would expect to saved Eric Dier's England goal, even at 52

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier scored England's opening goal at Euro 2016.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goalEngland's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

Eric Dier scored England's opening goal at Euro 2016, netting a free-kick in their 1-1 draw with Russia.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was unable to keep his rocket of a strike out of the net, but 52-year-old David Seaman believes he could have stopped it - even today.

England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group BEngland v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B

 

Speaking to 888Sport, Seaman says the goalkeeping was not of the standard he expected of a major tournament.

He said: "The Eric Dier goal, that’s a goalkeeping error for me. It’s gone in on the keepers side and wasn’t in the corner, yes it had place but I’d expect to save that even now at 52."

David Seaman (2) 888Sport

Seaman won 75 caps for England, excelling at major tournaments like Euro 96, but he should know that the execution of making a save, and being caught by surprise can bite a goalkeeper very easily - as he would have expected to save Ronaldinho's infamous free-kick in 2002 as well.

David Seaman after Ronaldinho's free-kick in 2002David Seaman after Ronaldinho's free-kick in 2002

It was the first free-kick Dier had taken for England, and he does not get to take them for Tottenham either with the excellent  Christian Eriksen  taking duties.

Dier's goal for England though puts him into the conversation for set pieces, and he will surely have more opportunities to show Seaman he can produce more pinpoint efforts.  

England's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during trainingEngland's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during training

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