Dier's double delight
06 November 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Eric Dier was quick to thank Mauricio Pochettino after his first call into the England senior squad.
The midfielder, 21, was promoted from the Under-21s by manager Roy Hodgson after a string of fine performances in his new holding midfield role this season.
Eric impressed at right-back and centre-back in his debut campaign for last season but Mauricio switched him into midfield in pre-season.
He’s made the position his own and has started 15 of our 16 matches in all competitions – including 10 of 11 as we’ve put together a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Below: Eric speaks to Spurs TV after the win against Anderlecht
“If you would have told me when I was on holiday this summer that this was going to be the case I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Eric after Thursday night’s 2-1 win against Anderlecht in the Europa League.
“I’m really happy and thankful to the gaffer for playing me in this position, trusting me and believing in me.
“It’s a proud moment for me and my family and something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. I’m really pleased.”
Eric joins Spurs team-mates Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker in the squad for high-profile friendlies against Spain (in Alicante, November 13) and France (Wembley, November 17).
“It’s always nice to go with other players from your club, that makes it easier as well,” he added. “I know some of the lads from younger age groups as well so it will be good, I’m looking forward to it. I’ll go there, do my best and if a get a chance, hopefully I’ll take it.”
Perfect way to end a great day #COYS— Eric Dier (@ericdier) November 5, 2015
Eric put in another 90-minute shift in a tough game against Anderlecht.
Harry Kane opened the scoring but the Belgians pushed us all the way and it needed a moment of magic from Mousa Dembele three minutes from time to secure a victory that takes us top of Group J with two matches remaining.
“We knew we needed the three points especially after the result earlier went our way (Qarabag 1-1 Monaco) so we’re pleased to win,” said Eric.
“It wasn’t pretty at times but it’s tough when you play Monday night and then again on Thursday. We’re not complaining though, we’ve got to get on with it. We’re just happy we dug in and got the three points.
“Mousa’s on fire, he can’t stop scoring. Everyone is really happy for him. It was a great goal, absolutely brilliant. Hopefully he’ll keep on scoring.”