Eric Dier won the approval of Tottenham Hotspur fans as he turned in an authoritative display in England’s 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday night.

The Spurs star captained an inexperienced Three Lions side against the reigning world champions and was a controlling presence in the centre of the park alongside Jake Livermore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

With the home side missing a number of regular starters at Wembley, including Dier’s club team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli, little was expected from the friendly but the youngsters leapt at the opportunity to give manager Gareth Southgate a selection headache ahead of next week’s clash with Brazil.

Debutant Loftus-Cheek was the primary creative spark in behind strikers Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham, whilst Kieran Trippier’s crossing ability and willingness to raid up the right flank saw him threaten throughout.

At the other end, Jordan Pickford excelled between the sticks on his first senior appearance, making two crucial one-on-one saves to keep the scores level in the first half.

As for Dier, many questioned his appointment as skipper for this fixture but he may well have put himself in the frame to take the armband on a more permanent basis.

Assured with his passing and occasionally willing to burst forwards from his deeper lying role, the 23-year-old rewarded Southgate’s faith and will hope to lead the side out again on Tuesday.

Tottenham supporters were understandably delighted with his performance; the best of the reaction from Twitter can be found below: