“I call Kyle ‘the stallion’, because he’s like a racehorse, up and down that flank,” he told us after helping England to a 3-0 win over Scotland in World Cup qualifying at Wembley on Friday night.
Eric partnered Jordan Henderson in the midfield engine room but our flying full-backs caught the eye charging up and down the right and left all night.
Scotland had their moments but couldn’t contain Danny and Kyle, who played a huge part in all three England goals. Kyle whipped in a cross for Daniel Sturridge to open the scoring, Danny did the same for Adam Lallana for 2-0 and then another burst from the left-back won the corner from which Gary Cahill headed home number three.
Of course, the pair’s performances were no surprise to us here at Spurs and the fact they both take their Club form onto the international stage is of huge credit to them both.
“They are unbelievable physically, no-one can match them,” continued Eric at Wembley. “They offer so much both defensively and offensively.
“I’m really happy for them and being involved in all three goals, that’s great for them as well. They deserve it because they work so hard at Spurs to be at that level.
“They then show the same form in international football as well, which is great for Tottenham and England. I’m delighted for them, they were fantastic.”
Winning his 14th cap in a little under 12 months, Eric relished his first England-Scotland experience.
Below: Eric celebrates the opener with goalscorer Daniel Sturridge, provider Kyle and Wayne Rooney
“I’d heard a lot about these games and I really enjoyed it,” he said.
“I thought it was a good performance. We didn’t start well at the beginning of the first half and the second half but we got into it both times and after that, we were good.
“It was an important win, especially with only one qualifier this break and after drawing the last game. Everyone is happy.”
Next up, Eric, Danny, Kyle and Harry Kane prepare for a friendly against Spain back at Wembley on Tuesday.