Eric Dier Biography
Eric Dier (Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier) is an English professional footballer born on 15th January 1994 in Cheltenham, England. He plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. He has been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a centre back and a right back.
At the age of seven Eric Dier moved to Portugal from England when his mother was offered a job running the hospitality programme at UEFA Euro 2004.He spent a year living in the Algarve region before moving toLisbon. In 2010, his parents returned to England while Dier remained in Portugal, living at Sporting CP’s academy.
Eric Dier Age
He was born on 15th January 1994 (24 years as at 2018)
Eric Dier Career
Eric Dier began his career in football at a young as he played at t the International Preparatory School in Lisbon. His ability was spotted by his P.E. teacher Miguel Silva, who referred him to Sporting’s scouts at
the age of eight.
Eric Dier Sporting
In April 2010 Eric Dier signed a professional terms with Sporting. Sporting also sold 50% economic rights of the player to a third-party owner, Quality Football Ireland Limited. On February 2012 they bought him back by selling 50% rights of Filipe Chaby.
In January 2011 he was loaned to Everton until 30th June. Sporting CP’s official website stated that the loan was “an opportunity for the athlete to grow in a more competitive and demanding environment”. Dier represented Everton U18s ten times during his loan spell and won the 2010–11 U18 Premier League with the team. His loan in the Everton academy was extended for an additional 12 months.
On 26 August 2012, Dier made his debut with Sporting B in a 2012–13 Segunda Liga 1–3 away win against Atlético, replacing Diego Rubio in the 77th minute. On 4 November 2012, Dier scored his first senior goal with a direct free kick against Benfica B in a 3–1 away win in the Segunda Liga.
On 11 November 2012, Eric Dier was called to play for the first team in a Primeira Liga 1–0 home win against Braga, assisting Ricky van Wolfswinkel for the match’s only goal. Fifteen days later, he scored his first goal for Sporting’s first squad in a 2–2 league away draw against Moreirense.
Eric Dier Tottenham Hotspur
On 2 August 2014 Eric Dier signed a five year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in a £4 million transfer. On 16th August, first day of the 2014–15 Premier League season, he made his debut for the club to West Ham United and scored the only goal of the match in added time.
On 24th August, in his second match and in his White Hart Lane debut, he headed in a corner from Érik Lamela in an eventual 4–0 win over newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. Dier started on 1 March 2015 as Tottenham lost the 2015 League Cup Final to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
On 9th September 2015 Eric Dier signed a new contract until 2020. During the 2015–16 season, he was utilised as a defensive midfielder by Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, establishing himself as the regular partner to Mousa Dembélé as Tottenham challenged eventual champions Leicester City for the Premier League title.
On 15 August, he scored Tottenham’s first goal of the Premier League season in a 2–2 draw at home to Stoke City, and on 26 September, Dier scored the team’s equalising goal in a 4–1 home victory over Manchester City.
Eric Dier signed a new five-year contract to last until 2021 on 13th September 2016.
During the 2016–17 season, Dier returned to the centre-back position due to Tottenham’s acquisition of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and injuries to defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–1 loss to AS Monaco FC in Tottenham’s opening group match at Wembley Stadium.
On 25 October 2016, Dier captained Tottenham for the first time in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.He was also given the captain’s armband for the 3rd and 4th round FA Cup ties against Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. On 1 April 2017, Dier scored his first goal of 2016–17 in a 2–0 win over Burnley in the Premier League.
Eric Dier International Career
In November 2011 Eric Dier earned his first England call-up England when under-18 head coach Noel Blake picked him for a match against Slovakia. He played the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw on 16 November 2011.
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On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor’s 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut on 16 June in a 3–0 win in a warm-up match against Uruguay.
On 13th August 2013 he made his debut for the England under-21s in a 6–0 win against Scotland.In 2014, he pulled out of the squad, informing manager Gareth Southgate that he did not want to be deployed as a right back anymore and would rather work on the centre-back position at his club, Tottenham.
On 5th November 2015 he was selected for the first time to the England senior team ahead of friendlies against Spain and France.On 13th November he made his debut against the former at Alicante’s Estadio
José Rico Pérez as a 63rd-minute substitute alongside his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli in a 2–0 loss.
On 17th November Eric Dier made his first start against France, a 2–0 win at Wembley, and his performance was highlighted by former international midfielder Jamie Redknapp. On 26 March 2016, he scored his first international goal, heading Jordan Henderson’s corner for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Germany in Berlin.
During the UEFA Euro 2016 in France he was chosen to play and during the England’s opening match against Russia at the Stade Vélodrome, he opened the scoring in the 1–1 draw through a direct free-kick.
On 10 November 2017, Dier captained the England team for the first time in a friendly match against Germany at Wembley that ended in a goalless draw.
He was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Eric Dier Parents
Eric Dier parents are Jeremy Dier and Louise Dier.His father, Jeremy, is a former professional tennis player. He has five siblings.
He is the grandson of Ted Croker, a former secretary of The Football Association (FA) and president of Cheltenham Town, and great-nephew of Peter Croker, who both played professionally for Charlton Athletic.
Eric Dier Wife/ Girlfriend
Eric Dier is not married alhough he is in a relationship with Maria Hansen and they have been together for years. They were spotted together during the 2016 World Cup.
Eric Dier Height
Eric Dier is 1.88 meters or 6ft 2in tall and his body weight is 90kg. His football shirt number is 15.
Eric Dier NEWS
Eric Dier on how Gareth Southgate is trying to solve central puzzle
Few people have described the complexities of central midfield more eloquently than one of its greatest exponents: Andrea Pirlo.
“All I’m after is a few square metres to be myself,” he wrote in his 2014 autobiography, ‘I Think Therefore I Play’.
“A space where I can continue to profess my creed: take the ball, give it to a team-mate, team-mate scores. It’s called an assist and it is my way of spreading happiness.”
For a long time, England’s central midfield has been more associated with spreading fear and consternation.
How they would long for a Pirlo, although the man he once cited as “the only great English midfielder in my career”, Paul Scholes, was so criminally misused he retired from international football aged 29 after
being shunted out on the left flank.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard struggled to form the effective partnership their individual ability suggested was a fait accompli – the decade-long debate over whether they could play together was at the epicentre of the frustration aimed at the so-called ‘golden generation’.
Gareth Southgate is working with more modest component parts these days but he has placed his faith in doing what Fabio Capello, Steve McClaren and Sven-Goran Eriksson couldn’t: developing a tactical system to maximise his midfield talent.
At the heart of Southgate’s 3-5-2 shape is what he describes as a “single pivot”, a defensive midfield role which either Eric Dier or Jordan Henderson will perform at the World Cup finals.
“The pivot entails, in possession, being part of the build-up play as we want to play out from the back,” Dier told Standard Sport.
“Playing in the pivot, you are the person who most of the time will try to give solutions to all of the back three, try to give angles of support in build-up to try and play out.
“You try to be the balancer. You have to try to balance out the team – wherever there might be an imbalance, you have to see it and correct it.
“Out of possession, you have to protect the three behind you, work as a three in midfield to try and stop balls in between the lines.
“That position is as important for organising people in front of you as it is for what you are doing yourself.”
Southgate has ruled out the possibility of playing with more than one pivot and so a key indicator of the 47-year-old’s attacking intent will be the identity of the two more advanced central midfielders. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph enhanced their cases with good displays against Costa Rica last week but either will do well to dislodge Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard, who are established as Southgate favourites.
They formed an incisive partnership against Nigeria, particularly in the first half, with Dier shielding the defence.
However, the 24-year-old insists he does not carry the defensive responsibilities alone.
“The part of Dele’s game that gets the least attention is his defending, probably because of all the other great stuff he does,” said Dier.
“Dele is actually fantastic defensively, he is very intelligent and reads the game very well. He reacts to the loss of possession very quickly and I haven’t played much with Jesse but I feel like he does the same. I don’t feel like I am isolated in terms of that.
“Obviously, I am the most defensive and defensive-minded of the three and I am going to be doing more of that work than them but I believe that it is about how the team functions as a whole. I’m not going to defend by myself and they are not going to attack by themselves.”
England have spent spells in training sessions working on a 4-2-3-1 shape but it was not seen in the two warm-up games, with Southgate keen instead to fine tune his preferred system in a match ahead of facing Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday.
Southgate is believed to have settled on a three-man defence while watching the Confederations Cup last summer, which followed a trend that spread through the Premier League as Chelsea won the 2016-17 title with a back three while Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal were among those to switch during the campaign.
“It is a formation that is very popular,” said Dier. “We’ve seen it a lot more in the Premier League in recent times and a lot of us play it at our club. For us to come from club football to international football and play in a very similar formation – maybe the style’s not the same but the basis of it is – and it makes it easier for us as well.”
Dier will hope to edge out Henderson – who was outclassed by Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League Final – as he looks to build on the experience gained from starting all four England matches at Euro 2016.
“Hopefully having been at the Euros will help me and the other players who were there,” said Dier.
“But the World Cup is something completely different, playing teams from all different continents that I haven’t faced before. It is really exciting in that way.”
Source: Standard.co.uk (11th June 2018)