By Tony Hughes
Eric Dier played the full 90 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw against Slovenia on Tuesday – and even Tottenham fans condemned the sloppiness of his display.
The Spurs midfielder had been given the nod by interim manager Gareth Southgate to start in central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson ahead of axed skipper Wayne Rooney.
But the tone was set in the early exchanges when Dier’s blind back pass almost led to England going a goal behind in the Group F World Cup qualifier.
England fans on social media were unimpressed with Dier’s performance, and Spurs fans were just glad that he was playing in the kit of his country rather than his club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Thought Hendi & Dier were suppose to be giving eng more protection. Slovenia cutting us apart!
— Jamie Armstrong (@RonaldsBlueArmy) October 11, 2016
Get Dier off now. Having a mare. #COYS
— Paul K (@knighty_giggles) October 11, 2016
— Nick Davison (@nick_davison10) October 11, 2016
— Matt Francis (@mattrfrancis) October 11, 2016
— Swan Ronson (@MatLaChat) October 11, 2016
— Liam Fernandez (@liam69ers) October 11, 2016
Movement from the front 3 is poor. Dier having a stinker #ENG
— Tom (@tomstent) October 11, 2016
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.