‘Never shy away’ – Eric Dier reveals England ambitions ahead of World Cup

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Eric Dier
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Speaking to Football.London, Eric Dier has stated his intention to work his way back into the England squad ahead of November’s World Cup. 

Dier was a revelation at the heart of Antonio Conte’s defence last season, starting 35 Premier League games as Tottenham clinched fourth place and a return to Champions League football (TransferMarkt).

Despite his impressive displays, the 28-year-old was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, ahead of a series of post-season Nations League fixtures.

The centre-back’s last England appearance came in a 4-0 victory over Iceland in November 2020 (EnglandStats) and the former Sporting Lisbon youngster is hoping to mark that two-year anniversary by forcing himself into Southgate’s side in Qatar.

Having appeared for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Dier admitted he would love to play a role again this winter.

He said (Football.London): “That’s a clear objective of mine. I would never shy away from that. I want to be there. It’s just up to me playing the best I can. Take everything from last season and kick on.

“That’s all I can focus on, give myself every opportunity and have no regrets in the way I do everything leading up to the next England squad and the World Cup and see what happens.

“There’s nothing quite like a World Cup. It was an incredible time and I’d love to be a part of another one.”

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Dier has become accustomed to playing the central role in Antonio Conte’s back-three, a system which Southgate has often utilised for the national side (Football.London).

However, Dier will have to move above defenders such as John Stones, Conor Coady and Marc Guehi in order to cement himself into Southgate’s plans.

I believe that Eric fully deserves the call-up and he has proven over this last year that no other English defender can play that central role to his standard.

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