Tottenham defender Eric Dier has admitted that he feels ‘privileged’ to be heading to the 2022 World Cup with England as he had beforehand thought of his worldwide profession to be over.
Dier turned an England common in midfield following his debut in 2015, scoring at Euro 2016 and slotting house the ultimate spot kick within the Three Lions’ penalty shootout win in opposition to Colombia on the 2018 World Cup.
Nonetheless, after demanding to be performed solely at centre-back in the direction of the tip of 2019, Dier fell out of favour with Gareth Southgate, solely incomes a recall for this 12 months’s September internationals.
The 28-year-old has turn out to be a key determine on the coronary heart of Antonio Conte’s Spurs defence regardless of a dip in kind not too long ago, and talking after Saturday’s 4-3 win in opposition to Leeds, Dier opened up on battling his means again into Southgate’s fold.
“I’m extraordinarily proud to play at my second World Cup,” he stated. “Clearly I’m properly conscious it’s a very privileged place to be in. There was a time after I thought I wasn’t going to be in anyway concerned with England anymore.
“I’ve needed to work very exhausting, battle loads to get again in. I’m very happy with that. I’m proud to be going to a different World Cup. I can’t wait. It’s going to be an unbelievable expertise. I’m actually wanting ahead to being part of it.”
Dier is certainly one of 5 pure centre-backs within the England squad alongside Harry Maguire, John Stones, Ben White and Conor Coady, whereas Kyle Walker has performed on the appropriate facet of a again three in earlier tournaments.
The Three Lions kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to Iran on November 21.