Glenn Hoddle admits surprise at the quality of Tottenham star Eric Dier

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

The young talent has been excellent for England so far this summer.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

Glenn Hoddle has admitted his surprise at the performances of Eric Dier for England and listed him as one of the players of the European Championships, in his column for the Mail on Sunday.

The Tottenham midfielder has quickly established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet for the Three Lions and Hoddle believes there is much more to his game than simply breaking up attacks.

England's Eric Dier and Joe Hart

“Dier has been one of the players of the tournament for me,” wrote Hoddle.

“At the start of the season I wouldn’t have thought he was player who could hit a pass like that – or the kind of free-kick he scored against Russia. But he is growing in confidence. He’s looking for that ball now…It’s the killer ball.”

20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conference

Dier’s progression has been remarkable considering he was first deployed in a holding role last summer for Spurs and has now made that position truly his own.

He had some experience there during his time at Sporting Lisbon and his footballing education in Portugal has provided him with excellent on-the-ball ability and allowed him to thrive away from central defence.

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

The 22-year-old has been a standout performer for England at the European Championships so far and his continued good form will be vital if Roy Hodgson’s men are to progress further in the competition.

England face Iceland tomorrow in the last 16 and it will be another test of their ability to break down teams sitting deep, meaning Dier will once again be crucial as the starting point for England’s attacks.

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