'Like a gherkin on a burger' - England fans pan Tottenham player for display in win against Slovakia
By Harry Sykes
Eric Dier scored for England in their 2-1 World Cup qualifier win against Slovakia on Monday night – but fans piled into him on Twitter to criticise his display.
Marcus Rashford scored the winner as Gareth Southgate’s side came from behind to take a five-point lead in World Cup qualifying Group F with two games to play.
England started poorly and were a goal down to Stanislav Lobotka’s opener, which was cancelled out by Dier before the break with a near-post header from a corner.
The Tottenham player was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes as he started in central midfield alongside skipper Jordan Henderson.
Despite the 23-year-old’s starring role, he was panned by supporters during what was a colourless and generally underwhelming performance from England at Wembley.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Eric Dier – England team. Not sure why he’s there or what he brings. A bit like a gherkin on a burger. Does nothin. #ENG
— Craig Ames (@Amesy76) September 4, 2017
— Andy Quinn (@Andy_J_Quinn) September 4, 2017
Eric is dier #eng
— Sean (@Ignoreland) September 4, 2017
How people still rate Eric Dier is beyond me #ENG
— Liam Evans (@LiamEvans_11) September 4, 2017
Henderson or Dier! We can’t play them both! Final ball been wasteful! Ox dreadful! #ENG
— Steven Kelso (@Kelso1981) September 4, 2017
Let’s face it, Eric Dier only plays for England cause he plays for Spurs. Big club bias has ruined us completely, said it for years. #ENG
— Ryan (@Ryan_Smith95) September 4, 2017
— Ben Harris (@thisisbenharris) September 4, 2017
Dier will now turn his attention to Spurs’ Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday as the team look to bounce back from a disappointing haul of four points from their opening three matches, two of which were at home.