The former Arsenal defender isn’t convinced that Roy Hodgson has found the long-term answer at centre-half in the shape of Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Meanwhile, current first-choice centre-halves Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka have a combined age of 32, leaving England’s defensive future very much uncertain.
However, retired England defender Keown reckons 21-year-old Eric Dier could be the solution for Roy Hodgson after an impressive first season at White Hart Lane.
“I would look down the line at Dier at Tottenham. He’s a player who could ultimately be the replacement for these two,” Dier told talkSPORT.
“With the body type and the strength he has – he might be what Tottenham need to take them forward.”
Dier has scored two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season, whilst the England Under-21 international has played a further seven games in cup competitions.
The versatile defender, who has nine England Under-21 caps, joined Tottenham in a £4m deal from Sporting Lisbon last summer after making 26 senior appearances for the Portuguese outfit.
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