Eric Dier believes he is going through the most consistent season of his career despite being overlooked for a spot in the latest England squad.
The 28-year-old has been enjoying a strong campaign under Antonio Conte, but missed out on a recall to the Three Lions fold from Gareth Southgate.
Dier’s form this term earned him plenty of praise from Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, who previously claimed he could become one of the best central defenders in the world (Daily Mail).
The Italian recently backed up that claim by saying Dier still has a chance to earn a place in the England set-up for their World Cup battle at the end of the year (Evening Standard).
Despite being overlooked for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, Dier believes he has clocked in his most consistent campaign to date and will take on Conte’s words to keep improving.
When asked about the England snub and Conte’s praise, he said (via Football.London): “I feel for me this is consistently my best season I have had so far at Tottenham.
“My consistency, overall [in any position], I don’t think I’ve ever shown the consistency in the performances that I have shown this season and I feel like my football is the best it has been in my opinion.
“It is always very nice when a manager, especially one like him says those things.
“It gives me a lot of confidence, but the thing I pay most attention to from his words are that I have a lot of space for improvement and I think that is really the thing he says that I focus on the most.
“I want to fill that space, fill that potential, as much as possible, as much as he thinks possible.”
Dier’s last England call-up came almost a year ago where he was named as a substitute for a World Cup qualifier against Poland, while his last appearance came in a 4-0 win over Iceland in the UEFA Nations League in November 2020. (Transfermarkt).
Spurs Web Opinion
Dier has really stepped up his game this season and he has definitely shown consistency as one of the more stable Spurs players in the squad.
He was pretty unlucky not to have received a call-up back to the England squad, but it will be to Spurs’ advantage considering he can wind down for a bit before the business end of the campaign.
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