Peter Beardsley explains why he believes England don't need Eric Dier

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

The former England star believes the Three Lions would do just fine without the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

Former England midfielder Peter Beardsley has told 888sport that although he has been impressed with Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier's displays in holding midfield at Euro 2016, he does not believe that the Three Lions need a man in that position.

Dier has continued his good club form into the tournament and has been a key man for Roy Hodgson's side so far, shielding the defence and scoring a superb free-kick against Russia in the opening game of the group.

Since his conversion from a centre-back to a holding midfielder the 22-year-old has emerged as a vital part of both the successful Spurs side of last season and the England set-up, and his place in the side now appears virtually assured.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

However, Beardsley has thrown a spanner into the works by suggesting that a defensive midfielder is a position that England can do without against Iceland in the last 16 as he feels that the back four will be strong enough to neutralise any threat.

Beardsley, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said: "Eric Dier has been really good but it wouldn’t bother me if we didn’t have a holder and I’d love to see Danny Rose and Kyle Walker continue to bomb on.

England's Eric Dier scores their first goal

"Our back four will be capable of containing anything Iceland can throw at us and I’m old school and remember Kevin Keegan at Newcastle going for it."

You can perhaps see the argument of the man who won 59 caps for England, as Iceland will likely defend very deep in their own half and look to frustrate the Three Lions before hitting them on the break, a tactic which served them well in their group campaign.

Though Dier would help to break up those counter-attacks, Hodgson might consider swapping his anchor out for another more attack-minded player in a bid to ensure his side are able to break down their stubborn opposition.

Read the full 888sport interview with Peter Beardsley, including his thoughts on why England don’t need Eric Dier and why England MUST go all-out attack against Iceland.

England's Eric Dier in action with Portugal's Rafa Silva

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