Gary Lineker says Eric Dier is the player England have been looking for

The former Tottenham striker has lauded the defender-turned-midfielder.

Gary Lineker has predicted a Euro 2016 place for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier - and says he's the player England have been waiting for, according to Sport Magazine.

Roy Hodgson's side have needed a quality holding midfielder for years and, despite Hodgson's obsession with turning Jack Wilshere into one, Dier has outshone him within the space of only a few months in that position - even though he was naturally a centre-back.

And Lineker told Sport: "Well, he [Dier] had that kind of experience abroad as well. I think he’ll probably play in the Euros - he’s the holding player England have been looking for."

What would be a complete injustice would be the likes of Dier missing out or being benched in favour of a player like Wilshere.

The Arsenal midfielder has done nothing all season, sitting out injured for most of it, and is still being discussed by Roy Hodgson as though he has some sort of England privilege.

Spurs' Dier should be the Three Lions' absolute first choice based on his form this season.

But will Hodgson give Tottenham the credit they deserve or will it be the same old Arsenal and Manchester United bias that hinders England's chances once again?

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