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England: Eric Dier part of Spurs contingent named in Roy Hodgson's squad for high profile friendlies


Eric Dier has joined his Spurs teammates Kyle Walker, Harry Kane and Deli Ali for the first time in the England senior squad for the upcoming friendlies against France and Spain.

Dier has previously played for the U21s squad but didn't go with them to the European Championships this summer. His rise to the senior squad however has come from his change in position.

Before this season he was predominantly deployed as a central defender or full back, but for Spurs this season he has given some impressive performances as a holding midfielder.

Joining him in the middle of Spurs' midfield is Deli Ali, who himself was given his first senior call up during the last international break.

Speaking on Dier, England boss Roy Hodgson said: "Eric Dier has done very well. He is a player with a more defensive bent."

"There are not a lot of players like that available to us. It is a good opportunity to see what he can do for us. He has been a key figure for Tottenham in this campaign."

With four players called up to the England squad, Spurs have the joint highest number of players in the squad, as well as Manchester United.

For Hodgson, the chance to give the likes of Ali and Dier a call up is sure to be useful, but since England wrapped up their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he has lost more senior players from his squad to injury.

With first team regulars such as Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Leighton Baines and Daniel Sturridge still unavailable, Hodgson has also lost Arsenal pair Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain as well as Liverpool striker Danny Ings from his last squad.

He can at least look to the return of his captain Wayne Rooney, who missed the last two qualifiers through injury, as well as Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.

Rooney is just one of three recognised strikers in the squad, with Spurs' Harry Kane and Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy of Leicester.

Vardy came on as a substitute against Lithuania on the left side of a front three, and Hodgson stated this afternoon that he doens't see Vardy as playing in one (central) position.

"I think Jamie Vardy can play in any of the three forward positions. He should be happy to be in the squad, he should be happy to convince us he should be in the team." he said.

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders : Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards : Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

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