Paul Robinson has questioned whether Eric Dier has an ego after Gary Neville criticised the Tottenham player for his defending against Belgium on Sunday.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted that he was “surprised” at the 26-year-old’s selection for England after an “indifferent” start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking on Sky Sports Football (11/10/20 at 5:10pm), Neville said that Dier needs to ‘drop’ his ego after the centre-half gave away a penalty for a challenge on Romelu Lukaku in England’s 2-1 victory over Belgium in the Nations League.
The versatile Englishman missed last night’s loss to Denmark with a slight hamstring issue that could rule him out of Spurs’ Premier League fixture against West Ham this weekend.
Robinson suggested that the potential arrival of Swansea City’s Joe Rodon could see Dier’s game time reduced.
“Is it ego? I am not so sure that challenge was to do with ego,” he told Football Insider.
“His form has been inconsistent. It has been up and down and he has been criticised at times.
“I was surprised at his selection as a centre-half for England and then of course he gave away the penalty.
“Dier has been indifferent for Spurs and they have looked to sign a defender this summer. Jose seems to like him but another signing would suggest that he will not always be a regular starter. He plays him when he can.”
While commentating for Sky Sports, Neville said: “I think once Lukaku drives in there, Eric Dier has just got to back off him and pull away.
“Compose yourself. Don’t make the challenge and certainly don’t go to ground. Drop your ego and maybe even let him have a shot with his right foot.”
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