Eric Dier eager to add to goals tally after Spurs opener

Wednesday 19 Aug 2015
Eric Dier opened the scoring for Spurs at White Hart Lane against Stoke City
Eric Dier wants to make a major contribution at both ends of the pitch for Tottenham Hotspur and England Under-21s this term.

The versatile 21-year-old netted the first goal of Spurs’ season when he headed Mauricio Pochettino’s side ahead in their 2-2 draw against Stoke City at the weekend.

It was Dier’s first goal since he scored an early-season winner for the north London outfit against West Ham United last term and followed that up with another against QPR a week later.

Eric Dier keeps his eyes on the ball

Eric Dier will be hoping to play a big part for England Under-21s this season

And the former Sporting Lisbon ace is keen to better that tally this time around, especially after taking on a new midfield role in the first two games.

"I'm happy that I've scored, but I'd prefer a win over a goal," Dier told Spurs TV.

"Last season I was disappointed because I scored the two early goals and didn't score again.

"This season, I want to score more goals. I know if I keep playing in midfield and keep doing well I'll hopefully have more chances.

"I think I can do better from set-pieces and get in better positions. Last season I could have scored a few more goals so this season, hopefully I'll get past two."

Dier, who has represented the Three Lions at U18, U19, U20 and U21 level, is hoping to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for their season opener against USA U23s next week.

The U21s face the Olympic hopefuls at Preston North End’s Deepdale on Thursday 3 September, and tickets are now on sale for that game. Click here for more details.

By Nicholas Veevers