By George Brooks
England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praised on Eric Dier and confirmed that the Tottenham midfielder will captain the side against Brazil at Wembley tomorrow.
Dier captained his country for the first time against Germany on Friday. The 23-year-old impressed as England held the world champions to a goalless draw at Wembley.
England boss Southgate is pleased with the way the Deir has handled the responsibility and has rewarded the midfielder by giving him the armband for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil.
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“I think being captain on the pitch is one element of being a captain and showing leadership the rest of the time we’re in camp is another part,” said Southgate, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“The bigger picture is we want some of these young lads to feel the responsibility a bit more.
“Eric has good tactical understanding on the field. He is a good sounding board for me as coach when you want to have discussions around tactical problems on the pitch.”
Dier has impressed for both club and country this season, making 20 appearances in all competitions.
He has been in good form for Tottenham and helped them to reach last 16 of the Champions League.
Dier is not the only Spurs star to captured Southgate’s attention this season. The England boss has also handed call-ups to Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Danny Rose.
Deir was part of the Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, scoring a 20-yard free-kick in the 1-1 draw with Russia and he is hoping to be part of Southgate’s plans for next summer’s World Cup.
Meanwhile, Spurs return to Premier League action against north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.