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Eric Dier

Born: 15 January 1994 (Cheltenham, England)

Eric Dier

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Versatile defensive player Eric Dier has shone in several positions since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in July, 2014.

The 2017-18 campaign saw him largely deployed in a holding midfield role, where he'd initially shone in 2015-16 before being utilised as part of a central defensive back three in 2016-17.

In all, Eric played 47 times during 2017-18, including seven starts in a memorable Champions League campaign that saw us beat Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid before running Juventus close in the last 16.

Born in Cheltenham but brought up in Portugal after his parents moved there in 2004, Eric was snapped up by Sporting Lisbon's Academy and progressed through the system to their first team, eventually making 30 appearances.

Upon joining Spurs, he gained instant hero status with a last-minute winner at West Ham on the opening day of the 2014-15 Premier League season, bursting through from right-back to finish in style at Upton Park! He followed that up with a goal on his home debut in a 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers the following week and went on to feature 36 times in all competitions, including 28 appearances (25 starts) in the Premier League, switching between central defensive and right-back roles. He started at centre-half in the 2015 League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

He then enjoyed a terrific 2015-16 campaign in holding midfield that saw him make an impact for club and country. He started all bar one of our Premier League games that season - only missing out on the Liverpool home game in October, 2015, through suspension. He scored four goals in all competitions including a memorable strike in a 4-1 home win over Manchester City and played his way into the senior England squad, making his debut against Spain in November, 2015.

Having started the 2016-17 season for us alongside new arrival Victor Wanyama in midfield, he found a home as part of a back three within a 3-4-2-1 formation. That campaign also yielded a Champions League debut for Eric and, in all, he scored two goals in 46 appearances, captaining us for the first time at Liverpool in the EFL Cup in October, 2016, and then wearing the armband in the early rounds of our run to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Capped by England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels, he also earned nine Under-21 caps prior to his breakthrough into the senior international set-up. In his third game for the Three Lions in March, 2016, he powered home a stoppage time header to secure a 3-2 victory away to Germany - a game in which fellow Spur Harry Kane was also on target.

Subsequently, he played in all four of England's games at Euro 2016, scoring their first goal in the group stage with a powerful free-kick against Russia, was handed the England captain's armband for the first time in a goalless home draw with Germany in November, 2017, and was part of the squad that finished fourth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, memorably scoring the winning penalty in a last 16 shootout win over Colombia.