Eric Dier has revealed that he is not happy with being left out of the England squad, but admits the downtime during the international break gives him a chance to work on his fitness and recharge his batteries.
Dier made his England debut against Spain in November 2015 as a 21-year-old and managed to establish himself as a regular player in the set-up.
Since his first cap for the side, the central defender has made 45 appearances for the Three Lions, the last of which came in November 2020 during a UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland.
Inconsistencies and a drop in form at Tottenham played a big part in Dier losing his place in the England squad, and he has since admitted he is not best pleased with his current absence from the team – especially following a solid five-year stint pulling on the shirt.
“I’m not happy, put it that way!” Dier told Spurs’ official website when quizzed on his absence from the national team.
Although his international duties have been temporarily halted, the defender has managed to find other ways to keep preoccupied during the domestic downtime, which includes improving his fitness and other skills.
He added: “For me, it’s just a chance to work on things, things I want to get better at – it’s a great opportunity to do that. It’s also another hit of fitness work – that also helps.
“It’s also a chance for a break. I’ve been playing a lot of golf, and training. It’s not a time to just sit there. I see it as a chance to get more work in, which is difficult during the season as there are games every three days.”
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It is approaching a whole year since Dier’s last appearance for England, which is crazy to think about considering he was a regular in the side for a solid spell.
He has started well for Spurs this season, though, and if he carries that on he should put his name back in contention for a call-up.
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