According to The London Evening Standard Eric Dier said he saw it as “fully deserved” that Harry Kane was named as England’s captain for the World Cup and felt delight for his Tottenham team-mate rather than disappointment at missing out on the role himself.
Dier and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson were contenders for the role along with Kane before it was confirmed last week that the striker would have the armband for the tournament in Russia.
Dier has captained England in friendlies against Germany, Brazil and Italy over the past year but has backed boss Gareth Southgate’s decision while also stressing his intention to still be a leader on the pitch.
Dier said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT when asked if he had felt a tinge of disappointment at not landing the job. He said:No, not really.I wasn’t disappointed. I’m very happy for Harry to be given the opportunity. I think it’s fully deserved.And one of the things Gareth said when he spoke to us was that he wants things to continue in the same way, where he has leaders all over the pitch, and hopefully I can continue to do that as well.
Dier added: “I think it’s important that the whole team, everyone has to share the responsibility between everyone.It would be unfair on Harry or anyone else or the manager himself that they should have to take all the responsibility. Everyone has to take ownership.”
Dier added of Kane: “The way he carries himself, the way he works, the way he trains, the way you see him in games I think are all the attributes you need to be a good captain.
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