Eric Dier

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Eric Dier
Eric Dier 01-03-2015 2.jpg
Dier playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2015
Personal information
Full name Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 15
Youth career
2003–2012 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Everton (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Sporting CP B 16 (2)
2012–2014 Sporting CP 27 (1)
2014– Tottenham Hotspur 101 (7)
National team
2011 England U18 1 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 8 (0)
2013–2014 England U20 6 (0)
2013–2015 England U21 9 (0)
2015– England 17 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:11, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:35, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier (born 15 January 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. A versatile defensive player, Dier has been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and a right-back.

Dier grew up in Portugal, where he came through the youth ranks at Sporting CP, making his reserve and senior debuts in 2012 after a loan to Everton. In 2014, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract for a fee of £4 million.

Despite interest from Portugal, Dier opted to represent England in international football. He made his debut for the senior team in November 2015, and was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was seven years old[3] when his mother was offered a job running the hospitality programme at UEFA Euro 2004.[4][5] With his parents and five siblings, Dier spent a year living in the Algarve region before moving to Lisbon. In 2010, his parents returned to England while Dier remained in Portugal, living at Sporting CP's academy.[6]

Dier is the grandson of Ted Croker, a former secretary of The Football Association (FA) and president of Cheltenham Town, and great-nephew of Peter Croker, who both played professionally for Charlton Athletic. His father, Jeremy, is a former professional tennis player.[7]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While playing football at the International Preparatory School in Lisbon, Dier's footballing ability was spotted by his P.E. teacher Miguel Silva, who referred him to Sporting's scouts at the age of eight.[8] Dier signed professional terms with Sporting in April 2010. The Portuguese club beat Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur,[9] and the team Dier supported as a child, Manchester United, to his signature.[citation needed] Sporting also sold 50% economic rights of the player to a third-party owner, Quality Football Ireland Limited.[10] Sporting bought Dier back in February 2012 by selling 50% rights of Filipe Chaby.

In January 2011, Dier agreed to join Everton on loan until 30 June. Sporting CP's official website stated that the loan was "an opportunity for the athlete to grow in a more competitive and demanding environment".[11][12] Dier represented Everton U18s ten times during his loan spell and won the 2010–11 U18 Premier League with the side.[13] Dier encountered difficulties resettling into English life, but in the summer of 2011, he extended his loan stay in the Everton academy for an additional 12 months.[4]

Breakthrough at Sporting[edit]

On 26 August 2012, Dier made his debut with Sporting B in a 2012–13 Segunda Liga 1–3 away win against Atlético, replacing Diego Rubio in the 77th minute.[14] On 4 November 2012, Dier scored his first senior goal with a direct free kick against Benfica B in a 3–1 away win in the Segunda Liga.[15]

On 11 November 2012, Dier was called to play for the first team in a Primeira Liga 1–0 home win against Braga, assisting Ricky van Wolfswinkel for the match's only goal.[16][17] Fifteen days later, he scored his first goal for Sporting's first squad in a 2–2 league away draw against Moreirense.[18]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 2 August 2014, Dier signed a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in a £4 million transfer.[19][20] He made his competitive debut for the club on the first day of the 2014–15 Premier League season away to West Ham United on 16 August, and scored the only goal of the match in added time.[21] Eight days later, in his second match and in his White Hart Lane debut, he headed in a corner from Érik Lamela in an eventual 4–0 win over newly promoted Queens Park Rangers.[22] Dier started on 1 March 2015 as Tottenham lost the 2015 Football League Cup Final to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.[23]

Dier signed a new contract on 9 September 2015, lasting until 2020.[24] During the 2015–16 season, he was utilised as a defensive midfielder by Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino,[25] establishing himself as the regular partner to Mousa Dembélé as Spurs challenged eventual champions Leicester City for the Premier League title.[26] On 15 August, he scored Spurs' first goal of the Premier League season in a 2–2 draw at home to Stoke City, and on 26 September, Dier scored the team's equalising goal in a 4–1 home victory over Manchester City.[27]

On 13 September 2016, Dier signed a new five-year contract to last until 2021.[28]

During the 2016–17 season, Dier returned to the centre back position due to Tottenham's acquisition of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and injuries to defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.[26] He made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–1 loss to AS Monaco FC in Spurs' opening group match at Wembley Stadium.[29]On 25 October 2016, Dier captained Spurs for the first time in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.[30] He was also given the captain's armband for the 3rd and 4th round FA Cup ties against Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.[31][32]On 1 April 2017, Dier scored his first goal of 2016–17 in a 2–0 win over Burnley in the Premier League.[33]

International career[edit]

Dier playing for England U19s in 2012

Dier had been approached by the Portuguese Football Federation to play for Portugal in the future, but could only do so once he turned 18.[34] He had been involved in a high-profile England national team kit promotion for sportswear manufacturers Umbro, and his appearance in the campaign prompted British newspaper Daily Mail to question why The Football Association had not contacted him with a view for playing in their youth national teams.[8][unreliable source?][34] Upon his signing for Everton, an FA spokesman said, "Our intention will be to select him for the youth squad in the coming weeks," referring to the 2011 edition of the under-17 international Algarve Tournament.[35]

Dier earned his first England call-up in November 2011 when under-18 head coach Noel Blake picked him for a match against Slovakia.[36] He played the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw on 16 November 2011.[37]

On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[38] He made his debut on 16 June in a 3–0 win in a warm-up match against Uruguay.[39]

Dier made his debut for the England under-21s on 13 August 2013 in a 6–0 win against Scotland.[40] In 2014, he pulled out of the squad, informing manager Gareth Southgate that he did not want to be deployed as a right-back anymore and would rather work on the centre-back position at his club, Tottenham.[41]

On 5 November 2015, Dier was selected for the first time to the senior England senior team by manager Roy Hodgson ahead of friendlies against Spain and France.[25] He made his debut eight days later against the former at Alicante's Estadio José Rico Pérez as a 63rd-minute substitute alongside his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli in a 2–0 loss.[42] Dier made his first start on 17 November against France, a 2–0 win at Wembley, and his performance was highlighted by former international midfielder Jamie Redknapp.[43][unreliable source?] On 26 March 2016, he scored his first international goal, heading Jordan Henderson's corner for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Germany in Berlin.[44]

Dier was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016 in France. In England's opening match against Russia at the Stade Vélodrome, he opened the scoring in the 1–1 draw through a direct free-kick.[45]

Style of play[edit]

Dier is a versatile player, who can play as a midfielder, centre-back and right-back.[46] It has been noted that his versatility enabled Tottenham's effective adoption of a flexible approach, allowing them to switch system efficiently within a single game.[47] He has decent pace, good heading and good mentality. Dier has said that he has mixed Portuguese and English style for his own.[46] Another string to his bow is his fine free-kick taking.[48] Dier's idols are Roy Keane and Rafael Márquez, who have inspired his playing style.[49][50]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Dier playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the 2015 League Cup Final
As of match played 15 April 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP B 2012–13[51] Segunda Liga 7 2 7 2
2013–14[51] Segunda Liga 9 0 9 0
Total 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Sporting CP 2012–13[51] Primeira Liga 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 1
2013–14[51] Primeira Liga 13 0 0 0 3 0 16 0
Total 27 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 31 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2014–15[52] Premier League 28 2 1 0 3 0 4[a] 0 36 2
2015–16[53] Premier League 37 3 4 1 1 0 9[a] 0 51 4
2016–17[54] Premier League 30 2 3 0 1 0 7[b] 0 41 2
Total 95 7 8 1 5 0 20 0 128 8
Career total 138 10 8 1 9 0 20 0 175 11
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2017[55]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2015 2 0
2016 13 2
2017 2 0
Total 17 2

International goals[edit]

As of match played 22 March 2017. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Dier goal.[55]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 26 March 2016 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany 3  Germany 3–2 3–2 Friendly [44]
2 11 June 2016 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France 8  Russia 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 [56]

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