Eric Dier Profile

Name Eric Dier
Born Jan 15, 1994
Age 28 years
Birthplace Cheltenham, UK
Height 6ft 2ins

After an unusual start to his football career in Portugal, Eric Dier has become a regular part of the Tottenham and England squads. His 'destroyer' role has won him many critics for club and country.

Eric Dier is a towering central defender, who can also play in a central midfield and across the back line.

The England international played a role in Tottenham Hotspur's run to the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season but started to drift out of Spurs' first-team plans.

Fans voiced their frustration at his performances, with boiling point being reached when Dier confronted fans following the home defeat against Norwich in the FA Cup in 2020, and he was charged with misconduct.

However, he has found a new lease of life under Spurs manager Antonio Conte and has forced his way back into the England squad.

Early career

As a child, Dier was raised in Portugal, he is fluent in both Portuguese and English.

His early footballing career came at the prestigious academy of Sporting Lisbon which he joined in 2003, when he was nine. He was sent on loan to Everton in 2011 but struggled to make an impact and didn't make a senior appearance in English football.

On his return to Portugal he made his debut with Sporting B during the 2012/13 season in the Segunda Liga. During the same season he battled his way in main first team setting up an assist in his first game over Braga.

In his second game, a 2-2 draw away at Moreirense, Dier was on the scoresheet.

He made 32 appearances for Sporting Lisbon during his time at the club, scoring one goal and laying on five assists.

Moving to Tottenham

Dier signed a five-year contract with the London club in August 2014, in a deal worth £4million.

Sporting claimed that they were forced to sell Dier as a result of a previous agreement where the offer had to be accepted or Dier's wage was to be increased, an option that was impossible due to Sporting's wage structure at the time.

He was to make an instant impact at Spurs, with a goal on debut to earn all three points against local rivals West Ham United.

His goalscoring continued into the next game, scoring against another London rival, Queens Park Rangers in a 4-0 home victory. The commanding central defender became a mainstay at the club and made 36 appearances in his first season including a start in the League Cup final against Chelsea.

During his time at Tottenham, Dier has played in three finals, two in the League Cup and one in the Champions League but been on the losing side in all three.

In recent seasons, Dier has struggled with consistency. However, the appointment of Antonio Conte and the three-at-the-back system that he has implemented has reinvigorated Dier's domestic career and earned him a call-up for the Qatar World Cup.

Eric Dier's international career

In his youth career, he was a constant figure in the junior English setup following his call-up for Noel Blake's Under-18 side in 2011.

His first senior call-up came following excellent performances in the Premier League, with manager Roy Hodgson handing him a substitute appearance in a 2-0 defeat to Spain before Dier made his full debut in the next game a 2-0 win against France.

Dier would score England's first goal in the 2016 European Championship with a fantastic free-kick against Russia. England failed to progress past Iceland and the Hodgson era came to an end.

However, Dier was to remain in the plans of the next manager Gareth Southgate. He was given the opportunity to captain the side for the first time in the 0-0 draw with Germany in 2017.

He also captained England in the defeat to Belgium in the final group game of the 2018 World Cup. In this tournament Dier was hero for Southgate's side as he scored the winning penalty in the shootout against Colombia. England lost in the semi-finals against Croatia.

Dier was part of the England's Nations League squad that finished third in 2019, and during the 2020 tournament but then after this he spent a long time in international wilderness.

He returned in September 2022 and started in the 1-0 Nations League defeat against Italy and the 3-3 draw with Germany.

Dier's personal life

Dier is currently dating model Anna Modler an ex on former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez. He was with Maria Hansen since 2014.

Net worth

Dier is reportedly on an annual salary of £3.7m-a-year, around £72K a week.

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