Pundit claims Tottenham man is the ‘best centre-half in the country’

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that Eric Dier is currently the best centre-half in English football.

Dier has been an indispensable part of Antonio Conte’s backline since the Italian arrived at the North London club almost a year ago.

On the back of his impressive form at club level, the 28-year-old was deservedly recalled to the England set-up after almost a two-year absence for the Three Lions’ Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany.

Gareth Southgate gave Dier the nod to start both matches, with the former Sporting man playing in a middle of a back three – the same role that he does at Spurs under Conte.

The Tottenham man did relatively well in both matches but England did not get the results they would have wanted in what was their final two fixtures ahead of the World Cup, falling to defeat in Milan against Italy and playing out a 3-3 draw against Germany at Wembley.

Robinson believes that the Tottenham man has to feature in England’s starting eleven based on current form.

When asked to pick his England team, the pundit told Sky Sports (Football Daily): “The back two, John Stones and Eric Dier. For me, Eric Dier is the best centre-half in the country at the moment. He thoroughly deserves his place back in the England squad.”

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Dier did look solid against Italy but he did have some shaky moments against Germany, although one can put that down to him having to constantly cover for Harry Maguire.

If Southgate is going to use a back three, which seems to be his preferred formation, Dier is certainly the best candidate to play as the central sweeper.

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