Martin Keown: Tottenham’s Eric Dier could be England’s future at the back

Arsenal legend Martin Keown talks up the England future of Tottenham defender Eric Dier

Eric Dier could be the ultimate successor to England duo Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, according to Martin Keown.

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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