Frank McAvennie is baffled by Gareth Southgate’s decision to include Tottenham defender Eric Dier in the England squad.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham and Celtic striker called the 27-year-old’s inclusion “ridiculous” and said “good centre-forwards” will “rip him apart”.

Dier was named in England’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers ahead of Everton’s Michael Keane and Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa.

The Spurs centre-half has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho of late, and has been named on the bench for their last five Premier League fixtures.

McAvennie cannot understands Dier’s selection and cited Trent Alexander-Arnold’s omission.

“I am not having that, he has barely played,” he told Football Insider.

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“Gareth Southgate has been strong and dropped Trent Alexander-Arnold, so I do not get why he has picked Dier when he’s not playing and out of form.

“Are you telling me he doesn’t have another centre-half? It is just ridiculous.

“Is he going to play Dier? Good centre-forwards will rip him apart because he is not a defender. I look at players now and I go, ‘My God, I would rip you to shreds.’ Top strikers would relish playing against midfielders at centre-back.”   

Speaking on his squad selection, Southgate said:  “What we have felt is that the availability of different players will give us the option to play in a different tactical formation.

“We are a team that might benefit in different matches from having that opportunity to play different profiles of players in different systems.”

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