Eric Dier can complete England U-turn if current form continues
The past 18 months have been nothing short of a nightmare for Eric Dier.
The Tottenham Hotspur and England centre-back has become a full-time centre-back having previously starred as a defensive midfielder.
However, his level has dropped and, after being tipped to be named as Gareth Southgate’s England captain in 2017 (The Telegraph), he was left out of the England squad for the Euros this summer.
Southgate made it clear that letting Dier down was a “difficult call” (Evening Standard) over the summer, but given Dier’s start to life under Nuno Espirito Santo, Southgate may not have to have that difficult call anymore.
Dier has been sublime so far for Tottenham and his early season form has seen him rewarded with a nomination for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award (Premier League).
The 27-year-old has played four games this season and is yet to concede, partnering up impressively with Davinson Sanchez in the league.
If the clean sheets continue, there is no reason why Dier can’t target a return to the England squad.
In his centre-half role he faces competition from first choice Harry Maguire and John Stones, as well as rotational options Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady, the four central defenders in the current squad (BBC).
There will be other players trying to make a case to break into the squad between now and the 2022 Qatar World Cup in just over a year’s time.
The likes of Ben Godfrey and Ben White were both included in Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad this summer.
It would be a fantastic U-turn for Dier to make his return to the England set-up.
Under Jose Mourinho, many Tottenham players say their levels fall and Dier was one of them.
He has to come out and defend his psychological state after some tough comments from the Portuguese tactician (Sky Sports), but under Nuno things have been different.
His form has improved greatly and with a solid partnership forming with Sanchez, plus the prospect of new signing Christian Romero coming in, things are finally looking up for Dier.