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'Questionable passes': National media give Tottenham player mixed review after international display last night
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'Questionable passes': National media give Tottenham player mixed review after international display last night

Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier was handed another start by Gareth Southgate last night as England drew 3-3 with Germany – and the national media have given him a mixed review after his display. 

Dier received his first call-up since March 2021 last week and has gone straight back into the England side after some solid displays for Spurs. 

The 28-year-old put in an assured performance last week, despite Southgate’s men falling to a 1-0 defeat against Italy. 

The Spurs man got the nod once again last night in what was a thrilling encounter at Wembley Stadium. And Dier has received a mixed review from the English press after his performance. 

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Mixed review after Dier display 

Dier started alongside John Stones and Harry Maguire as Southgate stuck with his trusted back-three system. 

The centre-back put in a solid display in Milan last week, but Sky Sports criticised his ‘questionable’ passing during last night’s game

They wrote: “Made some good blocks when needed but also made some questionable passes at times. Couldn’t quite follow up his superb return to the XI from Milan, but looks to have booked his place in the World Cup squad.” 

The outlet handed him a six out of 10 rating, which was exactly the same as what the Daily Express gave the defender

The Express state: “One untimely slip but showed so much more poise and composure than Maguire, he has to be a Qatar starter.” 

It seems that the British press are in agreement that Dier has played himself into the starting XI for the World Cup next month. 

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The Evening Standard rated Dier’s performance a seven out of 10 and said he looks ‘comfortable’ playing in the middle of the back-three. 

The outlet feels he may have done enough over the course of the international break to have earned himself a place in Southgate’s side. 

Dier impressed the Telegraph with his headed clearances throughout the 90 minutes against Germany. The outlet handed him a six out of 10 rating and also said he has a good chance of starting at the World Cup. 

“Got his head onto crosses thrown into the penalty area, eventually could not prevent Germany overpowering,” writes the Telegraph. 

“Has still played his way into the thinking for a starting place at the World Cup.” 

Dier has been ever-present in the Spurs backline since Antonio Conte took over last November. 

The Spurs man had seemingly been discarded from Southgate’s plans but has forced his way back into the side. 

Dier will be hoping he has impressed the England boss over the course of the two games as he aims to secure his place in the side for the World Cup.

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