England saw off Spain last night in the UEFA Nations League, giving themselves a chance of topping the group ahead of both Spain and Croatia.
Tottenham played an integral part in the 3-2 win, with Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier all starting the match.
Kane also played a part in all three of England’s goals, despite extending his personal drought to seven games.
Eric Dier set the tone early on in the game as he flew into a challenge on everyone’s favourite player Sergio Ramos.
Dier took the ball cleanly but wiped out his man with full force, earning a yellow card.
The Spurs holding mid played the entire 90 minutes, and was a rock between midfield and defence, cutting out passes, sticking his foot in, and distributing the ball confidently.
Ex-England manager Sam Allardyce compared the midfield man to Spain’s Sergio Busquets in a strange rant.
He told talkSPORT: “Busquets was out of sorts last night, and the praise for him has to be stopped because he’s no better or worse than Eric Dier for me. Busquets breaks play up and passes it, he’s very intelligent.
“He’s not much more than that but gets a huge amount of praise for it – Dier does the same, but gets a lot of criticism for it. We laud Busquets as a genius, but when it’s are own, we criticise him. Dier was far better than Busquets last night.”
Rio Ferdinand disagreed with Big Sam’s comment, and slammed him with this Twitter reply.
Come on Big Sam!!
Busquets has been the best holding midfielder for years & been an integral part in @FCBarcelona & Spain’s most successful periods….”he’s no better than Eric Dier” ????
With all due respect @ericdier himself would be embarrassed with that comment! https://t.co/9Sz9QER4hE
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 16, 2018
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