England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Tottenham defender Eric Dier following the Three Lions’ draw against Denmark, as per The Boot Room.
The English boss claimed that the 26-year-old’s performances during the international break have been ‘excellent’.
In the previous two Nations League matches, England earned a 1-0 victory over Iceland and then recorded a 0-0 draw with Denmark, with players now ready to join their respective clubs before the beginning of the Premier League season.
Dier started for the Three Lions in both matches and was employed as a centre-back, which seems to be his favourite role moving forward for both his country and Spurs.
He has been used mostly as a defensive midfielder in his career so far, however, he is now returning to the centre-back area.
Southgate was impressed by the performance of the former Sporting player in the recent two international matches.
“Eric Dier has had two excellent games at centre-back for us, so the back three today were very, very solid,” the 50-year-old manager said, as quoted by the national side’s Twitter account.
He started his career by joining the youth ranks of Portuguese club Sporting CP and earned a professional contract in April 2010. He went on to make 32 total appearances for the Primeira Liga club, scoring one goal and creating five assists.
The English footballer joined Tottenham in the summer of 2014, and so far he has clocked up 240 appearances in all competitions, netting 11 goals and making 11 assists.