Eric Dier has heaped praise on England’s “really scary” front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford after the Three Lions qualified for the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.
England’s attacking trio proved irresistible in last month’s 3-2 victory in Spain, with Rashford and Sterling getting on the scoresheet and Kane providing two assists from a slightly deeper role.
Kane was back among the goals against Croatia, poking in a late winner to send the Three Lions through to the next round of the Nations League.
And Dier, who also started in both matches, thinks England’s three attackers fit together perfectly in Gareth Southgate’s system.
“I think it is really scary,” Dier said after Sunday’s victory (via ESPN). “You have got three players who I think complement each other really well. Of course, Harry we know. Raheem is playing at such a high level now as well. Marcus is really kicking on.
“All three of them have fantastic quality. Their work rate is fantastic, which is something people probably won’t talk about as much. The way they work for the team, track back. Raheem was making such important defensive actions towards the end of the game.
“Those things are just as important. All three of them have a fantastic attitude, they are brave and direct. It is really positive for us.”
Rashford and Sterling are prospering in the same way Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura have been for Tottenham at different points over the last year.
Kane’s exceptional ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play permits pacy attackers to make runs in behind they wouldn’t usually make, scoring plenty of goals in the process.