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Eric Dier

Eric Dier
Dier playing for England U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Central defender
Right back
Defensive midfielder[3]
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 15
Youth career
2003–2012 Sporting CP
2011–2012 Everton (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Sporting CP B 16 (2)
2012–2014 Sporting CP 26 (1)
2014– Tottenham Hotspur 37 (4)
National team
2011 England U18 1 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 8 (0)
2013–2014 England U20 6 (0)
2013– England U21 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:52, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier (born 15 January 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. A versatile defensive player, Dier has been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a centre half and as a right back. Despite interest from Portugal, Dier opted to represent England in international football, and has done so up to under-21 level.


  • Club career 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Everton (loan) 1.2
    • Sporting B 1.3
    • Sporting 1.4
    • Tottenham Hotspur 1.5
  • International career 2
  • Career statistics 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Early career

While playing football at the International Preparatory School in Lisbon Dier's footballing ability was spotted by his P.E. teacher Miguel Silva, who referred him to Sporting's scouts at the age of eight.[4] Dier signed professional terms with Sporting in April 2010. The Portuguese club beat Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur,[5] and the team Dier supported as a child, Manchester United,[2] to his signature. Sporting also sold 50% economic rights of the player to a third-party owner, "Quality Football Ireland Limited".[6] Sporting bought back Dier in February 2012 by selling 50% rights of Filipe Chaby.

Everton (loan)

In January 2011, Dier agreed to join Everton on a short-term loan until 30 June. Sporting CP's official website stated that the loan was "an opportunity for the athlete to grow in a more competitive and demanding environment".[7][8] Dier represented Everton U18s ten times during his loan spell and won the 2010-11 U18 Premier League with the side.[9] 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 twelve months.[10]

Sporting B

On 26 August 2012, Dier made his debut with Sporting B in a 2012–13 Segunda Liga 1–3 away win against Atlético replacing Diego Rubio (77th minute).[11] On 4 November 2012, Dier scored his first senior goal with a direct free kick against Benfica B in a 1–3 away win in the Segunda Liga.[12]


On 11 November 2012, Dier was called to play for the first team in a 2012–13 Primeira Liga 1–0 home win against S.C. Braga assisting in the only goal.[13][14] On 26 November 2012, he scored his first goal for Sporting's first squad in a 2–2 away draw against Moreirense F.C. in the league.[15]

Tottenham Hotspur

On 2 August 2014, Dier signed a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in a £4 million transfer.[16][17] He made his competitive debut for the club on the first day of the 2014–15 Premier League season away to West Ham United on 16 August, and scored the only goal of the game in injury time to secure a 1-0 win.[18] Eight days later in his second match, his White Hart Lane debut, he headed in a corner from Érik Lamela in an eventual 4–0 win over promoted side Queens Park Rangers.[19] Dier started on 1 March 2015 as Tottenham lost the 2015 Football League Cup Final to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.[20]

Dier signed a new contract on 9 September 2015, lasting until 2020.[21]

At the start of the 2015–16 season, Dier has been utilised as a defensive midfielder by Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino. On 15 August 2015, he scored Spurs' first goal of the Premier League season in a 2–2 draw at home to Stoke City. On 26 September, Dier scored the team's equalising goal in a 4–1 home victory over Manchester City.[22]

International career

Dier had been approached by the Portuguese Football Federation to play for Portugal in the future but could only do so once he turned 18.[23] He had been involved in a high profile England national football team kit promotion for sportswear manufacturers Umbro and his appearance in the campaign caused the British newspaper Daily Mail to question why the Football Association had not contacted him with a view for playing in their youth national teams.[4][23] Upon his signing for Everton, an FA spokesman said "Our intention will be to select him for the youth squad in the coming weeks" referring to the 2011 edition of the under-17 international Algarve Tournament.[24]

Dier earned his first England call-up in November 2011 when U18s head coach Noel Blake picked him for a game against Slovakia.[25] He played the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw on 16 November 2011.[26]

On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[27] He made his debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.[28]

He made his debut for the England under-21s on 13 August 2013, in a 6–0 win against Scotland.[29]

Career statistics

As of match played 4 October 2015.[30][31]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP B 2012–13 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
2013–14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Sporting CP 2012–13 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 1
2013–14 12 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Total 26 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 30 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2014–15 28 2 1 0 3 0 4 0 36 2
2015–16 8 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 2
Total 36 4 1 0 4 0 5 0 46 4
Career total 73 5 1 0 7 0 4 0 88 7

Personal life

Born in Cheltenham, Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was seven years old[32] when his mother was offered a running the hospitality programme at the 2004 European Championships.[33][34] His family of five siblings spent a year living on the Algarve before moving to Lisbon. In 2010, his parents returned to England while Dier remained in Portugal, living at Sporting CP's academy.[35] He is the grandson of Ted Croker (former Secretary of the Football Association and President of Cheltenham Town) and great nephew of Peter Croker who both played professionally for Charlton Athletic. His father, Jeremy is a former professional tennis player.[36]


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External links

  • England FA profile
  • Eric Dier – UEFA competition record
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