Phil Neville backs Everton's Ross Barkley for England... but not Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier

Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

Phil Neville believes Everton's Ross Barkley should be part of England's strongest line-up, but there was no place for Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier.

Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

Phil Neville has told the Daily Star that Everton’s Ross Barkley should be in England’s World Cup squad - but there is no place for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.

Barkley has not played once this season, as he has been out with injury, and his future at Goodison Park is very uncertain.

However, Neville still believes that Barkley should start for England during their first match in Russia.

Ross Barkley of Everton shows appreciation to the fans as he is subbed off during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool,...

England booked their place at the World Cup this week, but their performances against Slovenia and Lithuania were uninspiring.

Tottenham’s Dier was one of the players who received the most criticism for his displays, as many felt he was too negative in possession.

Eric Dier of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Barkley, on the other hand, is a player who does try and play forward - and Neville has always spoken very highly of his former teammate at Goodison Park.

Despite Neville’s wishes, Tottenham’s Dier looks a far more likely pick for Gareth Southgate than Barkley does at this moment in time.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch