South­gate keeps cap­tain Dier hang­ing

Sunday Sun - - Football -

Eng­land’s Eric Dier ERIC Dier pro­fessed his pride at cap­tain­ing Eng­land in Fri­day’s friendly draw with Ger­many but ad­mits he does not know if he will lead out the Three Li­ons against Brazil this week.

The Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder had his first taste of be­ing cap­tain of his coun­try as a much-changed and in­ex­pe­ri­enced Eng­land drew 0-0 in an en­ter­tain­ing game at Wem­b­ley.

Of Gareth South­gate’s start­ing lineup, only Phil Jones, with 24 caps, was more ex­pe­ri­enced than Dier as debu­tants Jor­dan Pick­ford and Ruben Lof- tus-Cheek shone. Dier had seen club­mates Harry Kane and Harry Winks pull out of the squad due to in­jury but was named as South­gate’s skip­per as the Eng­land man­ager con­tin­ues his pol­icy of not nam­ing a per­ma­nent cap­tain.

The 23-year-old an­chored the mid­field well against a more ex­pe­ri­enced Ger­many but con­ceded he is un­sure whether he will be given the chance to do so when Brazil visit on Tues­day.

“I have no idea. It is a ques­tion for Gareth – I couldn’t tell you to be hon- est,” he said when asked if he will be cap­tain next time out.

“It was a very proud mo­ment for me and my fam­ily and ev­ery­one who has helped me along the way since I was a lit­tle boy.

“It is some­thing I have as­pired to since I was a young boy, there is only one thing bet­ter than play­ing for Eng­land and that is cap­tain­ing Eng­land.”

South­gate has opted against nam­ing a full-time Eng­land cap­tain since drop­ping Wayne Rooney at the start of his ten­ure.

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