Sky Sports pundit dismisses “over-rated” Dier


Sky Sports pundit and former Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier has omitted Eric Dier from his best England XI for the World Cup,labelling our versatile midfielder ‘overrated’.

The Three Lions head into their first pre-tournament friendly match on Friday evening against the Netherlands as Gareth Southgate looks to fine tune his squad ahead of Russia.

We have several players in contention for a starting spot for England at the tournament, however 8 cap Le Tissier has now claimed that Dier is not one of those that should be in Southgate’s starting plans, instead naming Bournemouth youngster Lewis Cook in his lineup.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I’m not picking Eric Dier or Jordan Henderson because I think they are both overrated and I’d actually have Lewis Cook over them, but that back seven is very average looking. I’ve debated whether I could put Adam Lallana in the centre of the park but I’m not sure he offers enough defensively.”

Le Tissier reserved praise for Harry Kane, who is set to lead the Three Lions’ attack in the competition adding:”Then our forward four is the only part that excites me and without a shadow of a doubt the strongest part of our team, with Harry Kane leading a line with pace and skill,”

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