Five Eric Dier facts

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5 things about new England call-up Eric Dier

Eric Dier has been called up by the England senior team for the first time.

The 21-year-old has been included in the squad for the upcoming glamour friendlies against Spain and France – a reward for a fine start to the campaign with Tottenham.

Dier has had an interesting career to date and here’s some interesting facts about him.

1. Dier was born in Cheltenham but moved to Portugal at the age of seven after his mother, Louise, was offered the job of running the hospitality programme at Euro 2004.

2. The talented defender-cum-midfielder progressed through Sporting Lisbon’s academy, following in the footsteps of the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. He made his first-team debut in a 1-1 draw with Braga in November 2012.

3. Dier’s grandfather is Ted Croker, a former secretary of the Football Association who died in 1992.

4. The 21-year-old moved to Tottenham in a £4million deal last year, but this is not his first stint in English football. Dier had a loan spell at Everton in 2011, playing for their under-18s side.

5. Dier is eligible to play for Portugal on residency grounds and has previously been approached by the country’s football federation. However, he has represented England at a number of youth levels and made nine appearances for the under-21s.

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