Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has told ESPN that he would pick Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson over Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier if he was to choose between the two.
The duo could line-up alongside eachother at this summer's World Cup, as England touch down at their base for the next month in Repino, Saint Petersburg.
But manager Gareth Southgate has used a system which incorporates only holding midfielder in what is an attacking line-up. Dier, 24, started the friendly against Nigeria, while Henderson started against Costa Rica.
With Southgate likely to use the same formation against Tunisia on Monday, the debate between Dier and Henderson has arisen. But Murphy, who turned out for both Liverpool and Spurs, believes Henderson is the better option.
Murphy reckons Henderson is better in four crucial areas, stating: "He's quicker, gets about more, gets his foot in and Dier's recovery runs aren't as good as Henderson's.
"If you're going to play one, I'd play Henderson all day because of his athleticism. Maybe you could argue Dier's a better passer or can drop in as a centre-half but I just think against a good side or quick side, you'd want a central midfielder sitting who's got legs."
England are expected to field a back three against Tunisia, with Manchester City's Kyle Walker likely to be on the right side of a trio that could include John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones or Gary Cahill.
Indeed, there are plenty of talking points for Southgate to decide when it comes to choosing his starting eleven, including in goal between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland, and either Dele Alli or Jesse Lingard.
Henderson has enjoyed an excellent season at Liverpool, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final, while Dier has made the holding midfield position his own at Spurs, following Victor Wanyama's troubles with injury.
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