By Danny Wright
BBC Sport pundit Danny Mills has admitted that he was underwhelmed by Tottenham’s Eric Dier in his performance for England against Germany on Friday night.
Dier, 23, wore the captain’s armband in the international friendly clash that finished 0-0 at Wembley, and although it was a goalless game, it definitely gave some encouragement ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer as Gareth Southgate was forced to field a second-string side.
Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose were other Tottenham players involved against the Germans, who boasted stars such as Timo Werner, Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler.
Both goalkeepers were forced into making good saves to keep the scores level as chances were made at both ends of the pitch, but senior midfield enforcer Dier was not someone who stood out to BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Mills.
“Solid, not particularly spectacular. He didn’t do an awful lot wrong, or an awful lot to really show his prowess in all honesty. Just a nice, steady six out of 10,” said ex-Leeds and Manchester City player Mills in his player ratings on the Sky Sports website.
Mills also admitted that he wasn’t overly happy with what he saw from Rose in his performance at left wing-back.
Rose has not long returned from a long-term knee injury and has only played three times across all competitions this season, but the ex-full-back claims that he would still have expected more from the Spurs ace.
“I was a little bit disappointed with Rose. I know he’s coming back from injury, and maybe that’s why he didn’t look completely sharp, and wasn’t able to get up and down the pitch” he added.
Tottenham have quite the influence on the England team but there were still some notable absentees on Friday with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all ruled out of the game through injury.
In other Tottenham news, Ray Wilkins has boldly claimed that this Premier League struggler can be on a par with Alli.