Gareth Southgate may have told Tottenham defender Eric Dier that his inclusion in England’s latest squad was only on a trial basis.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Dier was selected for the World Cup qualifier triple-header against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
The 27-year-old’s inclusion in Southgate’s squad raised eyebrows given that he has not featured in the Premier League in over a month.
Everton’s Michael Keane meanwhile missed out despite having missed just one game all season in the league for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Campbell has been thoroughly unimpressed with Dier of late and suggested that Keane may still be Southgate’s priority.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Eric Dier, do me a favour. He’s not even a centre-half.
“Maybe he’s having a look at him. Maybe he’s spoken to Michael Keane and said: ‘Look, don’t worry, I know what you can do so I’m just going to have a look at Eric Dier.’
“Maybe he’s told Dier the situation too. That does tend to happen behind closed doors. It’s just part of football.”
Dier warmed the bench as England beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley on Thursday, with Connor Coady and John Stones preferred at centre-half by Southgate.
Both will be hoping to impress the manager between now and the end of the season to win a place in the 23-man squad for the European Championship.