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:
Sound performance by our young lions last night, pleased for Eric Dier leading our Country. #COYS
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) November 11, 2017
Eric Dier captaining your country – Top Man !! #COYS
— Roger Elias (@dodge963) November 11, 2017
Friendly or not, that was a very decent performance! It certainly made a few people eat their words – especially those who cluelessly scoffed at the idea of Dier as captain. And Trippier was absolutely superb. #ENGGER #COYS
— Kev J. Stewart (@KevJStewart) November 10, 2017
— Andrew Charman (@CharMonkey) November 10, 2017
— COYS Report (@COYSReport) November 10, 2017
Trippier is having a brilliant game. His ball control and delivery has been quality. Dier has taken charge and looked mature and professional. Rose has also looked more confident and almost got a goal for himself. 👏 #COYS https://t.co/PR5bOZc3wu
— Spurs News Today (@TodaySpurs) November 10, 2017
— Lily White (@LilyWhite_Lady) November 10, 2017
— Chris Galley (@galladinho) November 10, 2017
Dier is just showing the quality we know he has.
Liking the look of Loftus-Cheek.
— Keith H. (@THFCSparky) November 10, 2017
Dier hasn't put a foot wrong in that game yet because it's Eric dier and he plays for Spurs he will be the most criticized player from that game England fans are weirdos tbh can't wait for Spurs to be back
— Addicted To Spurs (@addicted_spurs) November 10, 2017