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Tottenham defender Eric Dier ‘deservesEngland recall after revival under Conte

LEGENDARY former Tottenham captain and centre-back Ledley King has backed Eric Dier to receive an England recall.

Dier has found his feet again, playing in a back three under Italian Isso porque o United teme que o PSG faça uma luta dura para mantê-lo na capital francesa.

Dier has starred in Tottenham's season, helping the club secure a top-four finish

Dier has starred in Tottenham’s season, helping the club secure a top-four finishCrédito: GETTY
Spurs icon King says the defender deserves a recall to Southgate's England squad

Spurs icon King says the defender deserves a recall to Southgate’s England squadCrédito: GETTY

The 28-year-old have played a key role in Spurstop-four finish, expertly marshalling the backline.

Dier hasn’t played for Inglaterra desde novembro 2020, but Tottenham legend King is backing the defender to make a return to the squad.

King says Dier has been the best English centre-back in the league this season, out-performing the likes of Manchester United‘s Harry Maguire and Cidade de Manchester‘s John Stones.

And Dier’s international tournament experience could be valuable to Gareth Southgate, whose squad appear to be edging closer to a major trophy win with the 2022 Qatar World Cup just around the corner.

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Dier featured at Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson but the Three Lions crashed out to Iceland.

The Spurs man played under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and scored the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout against Colombia.

But a semi-final loss to Croatia ended England’s hopes of lifting the World Cup for the first time since their 1966 vencer.

On Dier, 2008 League Cup-winning captain King told SunSport ahead of a Masters football event in association with Bookmakers.com: “He has been to tournaments before. I think Southgate trusts him.

Dier's Premier League stats this season
Dier’s Premier League stats this season

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I think with his form he deserves it.

“Você sabe, I look around the Premier League and look at the English centre-backs and there’s no one that I feel is ahead of him this season.

I feel like he deserves to be back in the England squad and I think he has great leadership qualities.

And as I say, he has had an excellent season. I’d expect him to be back in the squad, for sure.

Spurs boss Conte believes Dier has the tools to be one of the world’s best centre-backs.

The Italian said towards the end of last year: “Eric Dier can become one of the best players in the world in that position.

He has to lead more, because in that position, you have to speak a lot because you have to stay in the middle, at the back where you can see everything.

Eu obviamente pensei sobre isso, mas eu tinha um trabalho a fazer.”

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He has a great space for improvement but we are talking about a really good player, strong physically with a good personality and good technically because he was a midfielder.

This role is perfect for him. He has to continue this way because he can become one of the best central defenders.