By Tony Hughes
Glenn Hoddle slammed “laziness” from Eric Dier as England almost conceded an early goal in their World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Tuesday night.
The Tottenham player made a shocking early error in the Group F clash as he played a blind backpass that sent the home side through on goal.
Joe Hart initially made an excellent save before the home side were denied the opener from a Jasmin Kurtic follow-up soon after only by the far post.
Pundit and Spurs legend was unimpressed by Dier’s decision to pass back to goalkeeper Hart from close to the halfway line without looking up to see the play.
“He’s not even looked up, it’s laziness from Dier, really poor,” said Hoddle, who was commentating for ITV Sport’s live coverage of the match. “On the ball he has to sharpen up a little bit. He has had some time out and looks behind everyone else in terms of his awareness.
“In the centre of that pitch you have to have your eyes everywhere and be on top of your game.”
Dier made the early error after being given the nod by interim manager Gareth Southgate to start in central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson ahead of axed skipper Wayne Rooney.
The Spurs anchorman, 22, had spent a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury before the international break and was a substitute in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Manchester City.
England struggled to open up Slovenia in the opening 45 minutes and the score was 0-0 at half-time.