Eric Dier to captain England against Germany

Thursday 09 Nov 2017
Dier has 21 England caps, having made his debut in 2015

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Eric Dier will captain England for Friday's game against Germany.

The Tottenham Hotspur man will become the sixth man to lead out the Three Lions during Southgate's reign.

Southgate said: “Eric is an established player in the side now. He plays with maturity and intelligence. He understands the game really well. He is also a great role model.

“His approach to everything is very professional. He hardly ever misses a game and plays in an unselfish manner. I think he can be even more of a leader than he currently is and I am hoping giving him this reward and responsibility will also bring even more out of him as well.

“He has the respect of everybody because of the way he is. He connects well with the whole group. He is a really top professional.”

Dier, who will be England's fifth-youngest post-war captain, has good memories of facing Germany. The 23-year-old scored his first international goal in a 3-2 win last March.

By FA Staff