16 Facts About Eric Dier

1. Eric Dier grew up in Portugal, where he came through the youth ranks at Sporting CP, making his reserve and senior debuts in 2012 after a loan to Everton.

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2. Eric Dier made his debut for the senior team in November 2015, and was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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3. Eric Dier was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire to Jeremy and Louise Eric Dier.

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4. Eric Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was seven years old, when his mother was offered a job running the hospitality programme at UEFA Euro 2004.

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5. In January 2011, Eric Dier agreed to join Everton on loan until 30 June.

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6. Eric Dier encountered difficulties resettling into English life, but in the summer of 2011, he extended his loan stay in the Everton academy for an additional 12 months.

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7. Eric Dier started on 1 March 2015 as Tottenham lost the 2015 League Cup Final to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

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8. Eric Dier signed a new contract on 9 September 2015, lasting until 2020.

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9. On 13 September 2016, Eric Dier signed a new five-year contract to last until 2021.

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10. Eric Dier was given the captain's armband for the 3rd and 4th round FA Cup ties against Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.

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11. On 21 July 2020, Eric Dier signed an improved contract until June 2024.

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12. Eric Dier earned his first England call-up in November 2011 when under-18 head coach Noel Blake picked him for a match against Slovakia.

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13. On 5 November 2015, Eric Dier was selected for the first time to the England senior team by manager Roy Hodgson ahead of friendlies against Spain and France.

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14. On 10 November 2017, Eric Dier captained the England team for the first time in a friendly match against Germany at Wembley that ended in a goalless draw.

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15. Eric Dier was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and captained the squad in the final group stage match against Belgium.

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16. Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty in the second round match against Colombia, giving England its first ever World Cup shootout victory and first competitive shootout victory since Euro 1996.

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