Paul Merson says he’s disappointed with Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier

England players walk on the pitch during an England training session at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier was in action for England against Belgium.

Marcus Rashford, Eric Dier, Gary Cahill and Harry Maguire of England discuss options before taking a freekick during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and...

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Paul Merson has written in The Daily Star that he was disappointed with the performance of Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier for England against Belgium.

Tottenham ace Dier, who can operate as a defender or as a midfielder, featured for England in their final group game against Belgium at the World Cup on Thursday.

The 24-year-old started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as the Three Lions lost 1-0.

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Former Arsenal and England international star Merson has stated that he was disappointed with the performance of Dier, who earns £70,000 per week as salary, according to The Daily Star.

Eric Dier of England stretches for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “I was really disappointed with Eric Dier. I thought he was far too casual, gave the ball away cheaply and was trying to play 40-yard passes when he should have kept it simple.

“I pushed for him to start because I thought we’d need him later in the tournament next to Jordan Henderson to give us more protection. But he really didn’t do himself any favours and Gareth might think twice now.”

Adnan Januzaj of Belgium is challenged by Eric Dier of England during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in...

Place in doubt

Prior to the match against Belgium, Dier has come on as a substitute in the third minute of injury time against Tunisia and did not play at all against Panama.

It is hard to see England manager Gareth Southgate include the former Sporting Lisbon star in the starting lineup against Colombia in the last-16 tie next week.

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