Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is proud of Eric Dier for his crunching tackle on Sergio Ramos during England’s victory over Spain on Monday night.
England ran out 3-2 winners in the UEFA Nations League clash in Seville, with Harry Kane providing two assists, Dier and Harry Winks playing well in midfield and Kieran Trippier doing his bit at right-back.
Dier set the tone with a fierce early challenge on Ramos – for which he was booked – and the Spurs midfielder has received plenty of plaudits for both the tackle and his overall performance.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Pochettino was asked if he is proud of Dier for putting in the challenge, to which he responded: “Yes of course, very proud.”
Pochettino also spoke about the rest of his players and their admirable attitude against Spain.
“I think they [Tottenham players] were brilliant, we were talking today about how the attitude was amazing,” said the Argentinian.
“Against Spain if you do not play with more attitude than them, they have unbelievable players and it makes difficult your job.
“I think they were outstanding and it’s difficult to say Eric [Dier] or Harry Winks or Harry Kane or Kieran Trippier [was best], I think all the team was brilliant.
“The motivation to play against Spain will be so useful [for Tottenham], you need to play with this attitude and then appear your quality and your talent.
“Attitude is important in football for the success and I think it is important for these types of players, I think they have a great potential in the future to win titles [for England].”
Dier, Kane, Trippier and Winks will all be hoping to play a part when Spurs travel to West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
Dele Alli, however, will not feature this weekend and it remains unclear whether his hamstring problem will keep him out of next month’s international fixtures.