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Dier: "We will strive to do even better"

Posted on 6 June 2017  - 14:15

The end of a fantastic season is finally nigh for Eric Dier and his team-mates now on international duty - but there will be no resting on laurels.

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Eric is one of 15 of our senior professionals representing their countries with five - Eric, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker - with England. In a week's time, it will be all over for 2016-17 as England face France in a friendly and Heung-Min Son lines-up for South Korea in a World Cup qualifier in Qatar on June 13.

It all started in July, 2016 and what an 11 months, Club records ripped up in the Premier League on our way to second place all culminating in a week we'll never forget, the fantastic Finale at the Lane followed by successive record away wins - 6-1 at Leicester, 7-1 at Hull.

Below: Eric on target against Watford

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"It’s been a great season," reflected Eric, before hooking up with the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday and that final friendly against France.

"I think obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t reach our main objective which was to finish in first place and win the Premier League, but I think as a whole we can look at the season as a positive.

"We’ve improved a lot on last season (2015-16) in terms of the Premier League, obviously there are things that we can still improve on and definitely next season we’ll be looking to do a lot better in the Champions League as well. But overall I think it’s been a positive season.

"I think this group and this team and this Club wants to keep improving and keep striving to do even better than we are at the moment. That’s always the objective."

Eric played 48 matches for us in all competitions, both as a holding midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 system and central defender when we switched to 3-4-2-1.

He contributed another couple of goals against Burnley and Watford and picked his goal to open the scoring in a tough test at Burnley - where we lost both Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama to injury in the first half - as one of his favourite moments of the season, no doubt as the weight of not scoring up to that point lifted off his shoulders!

"It was a big relief to score that goal against Burnley, that was a nice moment, especially as that set us up on a run of victories," he said.

"There have been lots of great games – beating Arsenal at home, Man City at home, United at home, those games are always nice to win and obviously the stand-out moment has to be saying goodbye to White Hart Lane."