Eric Dier believes he can join England’s World Cup squad for the Qatar tournament later this year – as the defender blossoms in Antonio Conte’s back three for Tottenham
Eric Dier is determined to earn his way into the World Cup and believes Tottenham’s exciting new morning can help him reach Qatar as part of the England squad.
“That’s a clear goal of mine,” says Dier, 28. “I would never shy away from it. I want to be there. It’s just up to me to play the best I can. Take everything from last season and go for it.
“That’s all I focus on, give myself every opportunity and not have any regrets as I do everything until the next England squad and the World Cup and see what happens.
Tottenham star Eric Dier is determined to play his way into the World Cup battle with England
Dier believes the exciting new start under coach Antonio Conte (left) can help him reach Qatar
“There is nothing better than a World Cup. It was an incredible time and I would love to be a part of another.’ Dier was a hero in 2018. His penalty was the winning goal as England ended their shootout by beating Colombia.
“It’s a great memory for me,” he said. However, it has been almost two years since the last of his 45 international caps and 16 months since his last international cap.
He missed Euro 2020, has yet to win a recall despite his consistency last season when Spurs qualified for the Champions League and Gareth Southgate will name just one squad before picking 26 players for Qatar.
“I’m surprised he wasn’t there at the end of the season,” said former Spurs and England centre-back Ledley King, who was acting as ambassador during the trip to South Korea.
It has been almost two years since his last cap and 16 months since his last spell in England
“He plays well on a good side. His aim will undoubtedly be to get into the squad. There’s no reason he can’t. He missed the Euros and came back motivated to do well and we saw the season he had.
Dier thrived at the heart of Antonio Conte’s back three, the same form England have favored in recent games.
“I’m learning a system here under him and I think it’s his system, he’s the best at it,” Dier said. “There are so many things I can improve and get better under him. Much more can come from this system and manager.”
Conte is preparing for his first full season in charge and already has five new recruits in Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet.
Dier and his teammates (above) are hard at work on a pre-season tour in Seoul, South Korea
Dier said: “I’m so happy on an individual level – and I think I can speak on a collective level too – everyone is very happy with how the summer has gone.”
Dier was speaking after meeting local children to support Project Childfund Korea, an event sandwiched between two tough training sessions in the sweltering heat.
Conte’s second session was open to 6,000 fans, most of whom wore the white jerseys of No. 7 Son Heung-min, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, where Spurs take on a K-League All-Star squad on Wednesday.
Perisic, injured at the end of last season, did not take part as he is not yet fit enough to work with the ball and Dejan Kulusevski was substituted early, apparently with calf muscle problems.