By Guy Giles
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has warned that teammate Danny Rose is still not back to his best after returning from a long-term injury lay-off, but expressed his excitement at seeing him back in the fold for club and country.
Rose returned to action for Spurs in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the 5th of November, and went on to play 71 minutes for England as they drew 0-0 with Germany on Saturday.
Speaking to the Tottenham official website, Dier said: “It was great for Danny [to play against Germany]. He’s coming back, he’s progressing really well and I think the great thing is, even though he’s back to such a high level, the real Danny Rose that everyone knows is still to be seen, so that’s quite exciting.”
Dier has been named England captain for the second game in a row as the Three Lions face Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday, and the Spurs man spoke of his pride at the achievement.
“It’s obviously a very proud time for me and my family and everyone that’s been with me and helped me along the way.
“There’s only one thing better than playing for your country and that’s captaining your country. There are not many better individual achievements than that, so it’s something I’m very proud of,” he said.
Dier has transformed into a key figure for Mauricio Pochettino since his £4million move from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
The young defender has branched out into a holding midfield role, and his versatility has proved to be another Pochettino success story.
Dier has made over 150 appearances now for Spurs including 17 already this term, and his form has merited his selection as England captain for these two friendlies.
Dier now has 22 England caps, and has solidified his position as a regular in Gareth Southgate’s squads while providing an option for the captaincy.
In other Tottenham Hotspur news, Spurs are reportedly readying £9m a bid for this international enforcer.