Gareth Southgate has appointed Eric Dier as his England captain for Friday’s match with Germany at Wembley according to an article on the club website.
The England manager confirmed the news on Thursday evening ahead of the first of two friendlies with Brazil the opponents at Wembley on Tuesday.
“Eric is an established player in the side now,” said Southgate. “He plays with maturity and intelligence. He understands the game really well. He is also a great role model.
Southgate also said: “His approach to everything is very professional. He hardly ever misses a game and plays in an unselfish manner. I think he can be even more of a leader than he currently is and I am hoping giving him this reward and responsibility will also bring even more out of him as well.
Southgate added “He has the respect of everybody because of the way he is. He connects well with the whole group. He is a really top professional.”
It’s a terrific honour for Eric and he becomes the 10th Spurs player to captain the national team.
(Fig club website)
SPURS PLAYERS TO CAPTAIN ENGLAND
•Vivian Woodward – captain 14 times between 1908-11, 12 as a Spurs player – capped 23 times •Arthur Grimsdell – captain three times in 1921, 1922, 1923, all as a Spurs player – capped six times •Alf Ramsey – captain three times 1950, 1951, all as a Spurs player – capped 32 times •Alan Mullery – captain once in 1971 – capped 35 times •Martin Peters – captain four times 1971, 1973, 1974, all as Spurs player – capped 67 times •Gary Lineker – captain 18 times 1990-92, all as Spurs player – capped 80 times •Sol Campbell – captain three times in 1998, 2005, twice as a Spurs player – capped 73 times •Scott Parker – captain once in 2012 – capped 18 times •Harry Kane – captain four times – capped 23 times •Eric Dier – will captain England against Germany on Friday
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