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Eric Dier
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Personal information
Full name Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier
Date of birth 15 January 1994 (1994-01-15) (age 27)
Place of birth    Cheltenham, Flag of England England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender/Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur
Number 15
Youth clubs
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP
Flag of EnglandEverton (loan)
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP B
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP
Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur
016 00(2)
026 00(1)
183 0(10)   
National team
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Flag of England England U19
Flag of England England U20
Flag of England England U21
Flag of England England
045 00(3)

Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier (born 15 January 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. A versatile defensive player, Dier has been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and a right-back.

Dier grew up in Portugal, where he came through the youth ranks at Sporting CP, making his reserve and senior debuts in 2012 after a loan to Everton. In 2014, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract for a fee of £4 million. He has made over 200 appearances for Tottenham, including in the 2015 Football League Cup Final and the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Despite interest from Portugal, Dier opted to represent England in international football. He made his debut for the senior team in November 2015, and was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

Born in Cheltenham, Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was ten years old when his mother was offered a catering job working in Portugal at the 2004 European Championships. His footballing ability was spotted by his school's (International Preparatory School) P.E. teacher Miguel Silva, who referred him to Sporting scouts. In 2010, his parents returned to England while Dier remained in Portugal, living at Sporting CP's academy. 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. Dier signed professional terms with Sporting in April 2010. The Portuguese club beat Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and the team Dier supported as a child, Manchester United, to his signature. Sporting also sold 50% economic rights of the player to a third-party owner, "Quality Football Ireland Limited". 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".

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). 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.


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. 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 Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 2 August 2014, Dier signed a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in a £4 million transfer.

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. 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 English media outlet, Daily Mail to question why the Football Association had not contacted him with a view for playing in their youth national teams. 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.

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

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

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

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Tottenham Hotspur F.C. squad - 2021–22

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England – UEFA Euro 2016 – Round of 16

1. Hart 2. Walker 3. Rose 4. Milner 5. Cahill 6. Smalling 7. Sterling 8. Lallana 9. Kane 10. Rooney 11. Vardy 12. Clyne 13. Forster 14. Henderson 15. Sturridge 16. Stones 17. Dier 18. Wilshere 19. Barkley 20. Alli 21. Bertrand 22. Rashford 23. Heaton

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England – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Fourth place

1. Pickford 2. Walker 3. Rose 4. Dier 5. Stones 6. Maguire 7. Lingard 8. Henderson 9. Kane (c) 10. Sterling 11. Vardy 12. Trippier 13. Butland 14. Welbeck 15. Cahill 16. Jones 17. Delph 18. Young 19. Rashford 20. Alli 21. Loftus-Cheek 22. Alexander-Arnold 23. Pope