Eric Dier is destined to play an important role for England.
That’s the view of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Matt Doherty, who urged Gareth Southgate to consider the English defender ahead of the second group game of the Three Lions World Cup against the United States on Friday night. .
After kicking off their World Cup campaign with a resounding 6-2 win against Iran, England are well positioned to reach the knockout stage of the prestigious competition.
However, at least one more win will be required, especially considering Iran posted a very late 2-0 win over Wales, another Group B contender, on Friday.
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Likely to name an unchanged starting 11, which saw Harry Maguire partner John Stones in a back four, Doherty believes Dier, who has a lot to offer, should come in and have a chance to make an impact.
Matt Doherty on Eric Dier
“A game to watch…has to be England v USA, it’s in great timing too – 7pm Friday night,” the 30-year-old told Spurs official media.
“England will continue as they did the other day against Iran, but will the USA also be as good as they were against Wales?
“I think it’s going to be a close game, but I think England will win and the best the USA can hope for is a draw.
“Hopefully Harry is fit and Eric plays, come on Gareth put Eric in! England need him shooting balls from behind. Your hour is drawing near!”
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