By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier should be the next England captain.
Interim England manager Gareth Southgate has opted to drop skipper Wayne Rooney for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Tuesday, with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson announced as the replacement captain.
Southgate also revealed that Dier will replace Ronney in central midfield as the Spurs man steps up his return to full fitness after a hamstring injury.
Redknapp has backed Dier to be the long-term successor of Rooney but also believes he must play regular club football.
“I would say Eric Dier (for England captain), although my only worry is that he is facing a battle with Victor Wanyama for his place at Tottenham,” Redknapp told the Mail. “The England captain needs to be in the form of his life for his club.”
Dier, 22, faces competition from Spurs team-mates Wanyama and Mousa Dembele to maintain his club starting role.
Alternatively Redknapp has backed Manchester City defender John Stones as a future England skipper and believes Jordan Henderson would struggled with the burden of captaining Liverpool and his country.
Dier was restricted to a substitute appearance in the win against Man City before the international break and appears to have now overcome his recent injury blow.
The central midfielder has been a crucial member for both club and country in recent times and earn his 13th England cap against Slovenia.
He also played starring role in Spurs’ campaign last season and made 51 appearances in all competitions.
The north London club finished third-placed in the Premier League and Dier missed just one league game all season.
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