Tottenham’s Eric Dier names his three footballing idols

Former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United star Roy Keane is one of three players on whom Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier models his game.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier has revealed on the club’s official Twitter page the three players he enjoys watching.

They are former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane, former Barcelona centre-back Rafael Marquez and current Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique.

Dier is one of the most promising young players in the Premier League and has been in brilliant form so far this season.

The 21-year-old England international has shown his versatility by playing as a right-back, as a central defender and as a defensive midfielder at Spurs.

The former Sporting Lisbon youngster has a long way to go before establishing himself as one of the best players in the world, but he has chosen the perfect role models.

Keane is one of the greatest midfielders in football history, having made his name first at Forest (1990 to 1993) and then at United (1993 to 2005).

Marquez, who is playing for Italian club Hellas Verona at the moment, was one of the best centre-backs on the planet during his time at Barcelona from 2003 to 2010.

Former United central defender Pique, who has won everything a professional footballer can win, is at Barcelona at the moment and is one of the top three central defenders in the world.

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