May 11, 2021

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Dier says his ‘painted narrative’ leads to ‘unfair’ criticism

Eric Dier believes that the criticism of his performance at Tottenham has been “unfair”.

Dier has been in and out of the team at Spurs this season and was dropped for costly mistakes against Liverpool and Chelsea and denied Jose Mouirnho’s claim that he suffered from a lack of confidence.

But the England international has played every minute under the guidance of interim boss Ryan Mason.

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Asked by the Evening standard though Spurs fans saw the best of him in the middle of the defense, Dier said: “I think they have seen him at times.

“I really have mixed feelings towards him. Sometimes I feel like it’s a little unfair. Sometimes I made a mistake or something led to a goal and we talk about a mistake like it’s four or five. I have sometimes felt that way.

“As defenders you are always going to make mistakes and the most important thing is how you react to them. I think the fans saw what I can do in the blink of an eye, especially early in the season. I think I had a really good first six months and it dropped a bit for a few games. But I feel like I’ve been back in a great place for a few months now.

“It’s just the narrative I see painted of me. It doesn’t really bother me too much. I just think it’s a little unfair. It’s football. I just need to worry about myself and keep trying to do better. But I’m my biggest critic and I know where I can improve and when I can improve. “

Dier hopes to be included in Gareth Southgate The Euro 2020 team this summer, with the now a team of 26 players should be appointed shortly after the end of the season.

“Obviously I want to go to the Euros so I have to keep performing well to give myself that opportunity,” said Dier.

“I’m really happy to have played the last three. I felt good in these matches. I want to play, I want to play at a level that I know I can. I believe I can still perform at a much higher level. I’m happy to play, obviously, and just have to keep working hard and improving.

Dele Alli only made his third League debut against the Blades in a crowd-pleasing front four, also including Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who scored a spectacular fourth goal .

“There’s a lot of firepower out there and a lot to support it – their history, their goals and their assists, and what they did in the game,” Dier said.

“It’s a luxury to play behind them and with all their qualities, I think they complement each other very well. They each have slightly different qualities and it’s a pleasure to play with them.

“I thought Dele played really well. From the inside I can tell you that he worked very hard and trained very well. And against Sheffield United, he put that on the pitch.

“Everyone knows his qualities, but I think he also has a lot of qualities that go unnoticed. The number of second balls he wins, the amount he runs for the team and presses.

“He’s still attached to the game, it’s like he’s on a rope to the ball. He’s still attached to the game at all times and that’s a great quality to have.