Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been rewarded for his post-lockdown turnaround in form by earning himself a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The 26-year-old hasn’t played for the Three Lions since the 2019 Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland last summer and was overlooked for the previous three squads after a disappointing start to the campaign prior to the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Upon Mourinho’s appointment in November, Dier was immediately back in the Tottenham side, although it wasn’t until he was until he moved into the back-four that his fortunes changed and he became a regular in the starting XI once again.
Since then, Dier hasn’t looked back, starting five of Spurs’ final nine Premier League games after the resumption and would have most likely started all nine had it not been for a four-match suspension he received for jumping into the stands after the FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Norwich City back in March.
Southgate’s men travel to Iceland in their opening Nations League encounter on Saturday week before a trip to Christian Eriksen’s Denmark lies ahead just three days later.
Teammates Harry Winks and captain Harry Kane have also been named in the squad.