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Eric's #FiveLions pride

Posted on 4 June 2016  - 13:58

Eric Dier stood shoulder-to-shoulder with four of his Spurs comrades in England’s starting XI for the second time in a fortnight and declared: “This is a moment everyone should be proud of.”

Eric Dier in action against PortugalThe England team lines up before Thursday's game at Wembley

The 22-year-old was once again on duty in a holding midfield role as Roy Hodgson’s men completed their Euro 2016 warm-up campaign with a 1-0 win over Portugal at Wembley on Thursday evening.

Full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, midfielder Dele Alli and striker Harry Kane joined him in the team, as they did in the 2-1 victory over Turkey 11 days earlier, matching a club record for the number of Spurs players in an individual England side.

Ahead of the Three Lions’ departure to France for the tournament finals on Monday, Eric reckons the mass call-up of our lads is testament to their hard graft in their respective positions at club level.

“It’s great for Tottenham, it’s well deserved for the work that the club has done,” he said.

“I think every player wants to play in the roles that they’ve been playing for their club and for all us Tottenham boys, I think the roles that we’ve been asked to play are very similar to those at our club so that makes it easier.

“After the season we’ve had I think it’s well deserved and it’s a moment that everyone should be proud of.”

With the start of his first major international tournament now less than a week away, Eric says his mental state is still as solid as his defending – with no nerves starting to creep in.

“I’m not nervous at all, I’m looking forward to it!” he added. “I’m excited, I’m looking forward to going on Monday to France, taking it in, enjoying it and seeing how we can do.”