By Coral Barry
Eric Dier was fighting a high fever at the same time he was trying to battle Iceland in England’s Euro 2016 humiliation against the minnows, according to a report.
The Tottenham midfielder was one of England’s stand-out player in the group stages, but was notably below par in the Three Lions’ humiliating loss to Iceland.
Dier endured a nightmare and failed to react quickly enough to a long throw for Iceland’s equaliser before being hooked at half-time with England trailing 2-1.
The Mirror claim the Spurs star’s performance was down to the Dier actually being ill during the game.
It is said Dier complained of feeling unwell during the warm-up before the crucial clash and was inspected by the England medical staff.
The competitive 22-year-old was given the all clear after drinking some water and wiping the sweat off his brow.
Roy Hodgson is believed to have emerged from the dressing room to check on his star man and even spoke briefly to Jordan Henderson about the possibility of starting in Dier’s place.
The fact that Dier was hauled off after just 45 minutes for Jack Wilshere may be explained by the youngster’s illness, but England or the FA have yet to comment on the matter.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs were convinced they had Michy Batshuayi in the bag after agreeing a deal months ago.