England played out a thrilling 2-1 win over Croatia this afternoon. After Andrej Kramaric had given Croatia an undeserved lead, England scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to book their place in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.
There were plenty of brilliant performances from England players that helped Gareth Southgate’s side win their group.
However, whilst some received praise for their displays, others were not received so well. One such player was Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier.
The midfield destroyer received rave reviews for his display against Spain last month but this was far from the level expected from the Spurs man.
Dier was poor for much of the game. Often slow in possession, he did not control the game in the way that England fans were expecting.
Some simply cannot figure out why Dier is in England’s starting XI. In fact, for many, he should not even be in the England squad.
He looked far better when tasked simply with defending, as England went all out for the win and perhaps that is his best role, rather than in a defensive midfield partnership.
But for some England fans, Dier should simply not be in the reckoning…
thought Dier was poor today, trying to play the game at walking pace. Dangerous
— Janet Woodcock (@JanetWoodcock4) November 18, 2018
Dier is awful mate. Not fit to lace hendos boots. Dier just a hatchet man. Like a poor mans Vinnie jones.
— Jon Le Carrotte (@CarrotteJon) November 18, 2018
Just don’t get Eric Dier. Poor for the goal.
— MatB ⓈⓉⒻⒸ (@MatB_STFC69) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier once again showing us why he is considered a “Poor man’s Henderson”
— Porfirio Rubirosa (@DiGeniius) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier is a poor mans Mo Diame
— Damon Hogg (@Dhogg96) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier is so so poor. At fault for the goal and cannot pass the ball forwards #ENGCRO
— Luke King (@Coolhandluke_25) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier really is rubbish at football
— michael (@MLorenzo98) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier is utter rubbish. Don’t know how he consistently picks up caps so easily.
— Reece Heard (@Reece1995_) November 18, 2018
Dier is so rubbish for England, why do they waste time with him
— . (@KhabibTime_) November 18, 2018
Why does Eric Dier continue to play for England? Shocking.
— Ben Smith (@BenSmith_7) November 18, 2018
Dier is just shocking, sorry to say. I know he’s a spurs through and through bla bla, but that shouldn’t change anything.
— SpursGuy (@thespursguy) November 18, 2018
Eric Dier is shocking. He can’t pass, can’t run and doesn’t press the ball #ENGCRO
— Leighton Royston (@LROYSTON) November 18, 2018