The London Evening Standard writes how Eric Dier professed his pride at captaining England in Friday’s friendly draw with Germany, however he admits he does not know if he will lead out the Three Lions against Brazil on Tuesday.
The article says big Eric had his first taste of being captain of his country as a much-changed and inexperienced England drew 0-0 in an entertaining game at Wembley.
The article adds that of Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up only Phil Jones, with 24 caps, was more experienced than Dier as debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek shone.
It continues adding that Eric had seen club-mates Harry Kane and Harry Winks pull out of the squad due to injury but was named as Southgate’s skipper as the England manager continues his policy of not naming a permanent captain.
It’s added that the 23-year-old did well against a more experienced Germany but – although he was delighted to lead out England – but did say he is unsure whether he will be given the chance to do so when Brazil visit on Tuesday.
“I have no idea. It is a question for Gareth – I couldn’t tell you to be honest,” he said when asked if he will be captain next time out.
“It was a very proud moment for me and my family and everyone who has helped me along the way since I was a little boy.
“I’m very proud and it is something I have aspired to since I was a young boy, there is only one thing better than playing for England and that is captaining England.”
The article continues saying Gary Cahill, Joe Hart and Kane have already worn the armband under Southgate and Dier admits he is not sure if he would be considered for the role on a permanent basis.
“Obviously that decision is up to the manager, that is not in my hands,” he said.
“What is in my hands is to keep working hard, keep improving, keep being me and that decision is up to the manager. I will just focus on what I control and that is my performances and the way I carry myself.”
Southgate obviously does see the merits in handing Dier the captaincy (for that game at least) He has been on good form and you can see by his actions on the field that he has those sort of no nonsense leadership qualities and he is a player Pochettino trusts immensely. Have to admit Southgate’s chopping and changing is odd and you’d hope he might have a clear indication who might be his full time captain.
So our question is this with both Harry and Eric in the running, if you were in Southgate’s shoes who would you give it too. Let us know your thoughts.
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