Eric Dier reveals what he has been working on at Tottenham after missing out on England call

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Eric Dier has admitted he is “not happy” that he wasn’t called up to the latest England squad, but the international break has given him a chance to rest and also work on his fitness.

For his club, Dier has appeared in all seven Premier League games so far this season and Nuno Espirito Santo has trialled playing him alongside Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero.

The 27-year-old is yet to play next to Joe Rodon but with Sanchez and Romero’s international duties going on longer than the Welshman’s and Rodon’s success for his country, he may play alongside the 23-year-old when Tottenham return to the league and play Newcastle United on Sunday.

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The English defender also played in the second Europa Conference League qualifying leg but hasn’t made an appearance in the competition since.

For his country, Dier has had his fair share of game time for England, with 45 caps, which has included scoring the winning penalty in the shootout against Colombia in the 2018 World Cup round of 16.

However, more recently he hasn’t made the squad as he wasn’t included in the Euro 2020 team or in either international breaks so far this season.

The 27-year-old has admitted how it feels to be left out by Gareth Southgate. “I’m not happy, put it that way!” he said in an interview with Tottenham.

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Spurs have had a rocky start to the season with four victories and three defeats, leaving them eighth in the league going into the most recent international break.



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang battles for the ball with Eric Dier during Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang battles for the ball with Eric Dier during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

However, just before a number of players went off with their country, Espirito Santo’s side got a 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

Dier has praised Tottenham’s summer signings, who have shown glimpses of their quality and he highlighted the importance of the result against Dean Smith’s side, as well as his own form.

“I felt good against Villa, and I’m happy with my performance, there are always things to build on and improve, but I feel good. I’m staying calm, building into the season, and trying to get better and better as the season goes on,” he explained.

“For us to win before an international break is huge for the atmosphere, otherwise you have to wait for a long two weeks for redemption, so that’s nice.”

Despite missing out on more appearances for his country, Dier has used the time to have a break, but also improve himself in north London

“For me, it’s just a chance to work on things, things I want to get better at – it’s a great opportunity to do that,” he added.

“It’s also another hit of fitness work – that also helps. It’s also a chance for a break. I’ve been playing a lot of golf, and training. It’s not a time to just sit there.

“I see it as a chance to get more work in, which is difficult during the season as there are games every three days.”

With the Lilywhites in the Premier League, Europa Conference League and Carabao Cup, games are coming thick and fast so a number of players who haven’t been on international duty may feel the same as Dier.

The Englishman has got 100% tackle success in the league so far, has made 34 clearances and created two big chances, the most of anyone in the Tottenham side.

With the international break coming to an end, Dier will be hoping he can continue getting game time for Spurs and prove why he should be one of the top choices for Espirito Santo – and Southgate – in the middle of defence.

Source by Football London

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