Eric Dier is a England footballer who plays for the North London club of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and represents his nation England on the international stage. With significant strength alongside possessing an impressive range of passing, Dier has become one of the finest central defenders and midfielders of today's game.
Born in Cheltenham, Dier had an interesting childhood which saw him and his family move to Portugal after his mother was offered a hospitality job for Euro 2004. Growing up in Lisbon, Dier was signed to the renowned academy of Sporting CP where he progressed into the reserve team in 2012 and subsequently into the first team later that season. Dier made his first team debut in November 2012 with Sporting CP winning 1-0 against S.C. Braga and assisting Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Just fifteen days later, Dier scored his first goal against Moreirense F.C.
Catching the eye of scouts from across European football, Dier would return home to England in 2014 after a £4m transfer fee to the white shirts of Tottenham Hotspur. Dier made his competitive debut in Spurs opening Premier League fixture of 2014/15 against West Ham at Upton Park and scored his first Tottenham goal eight days later in a 4-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers. Since signing for the London club, Dier has become an integral part of the midfield alongside young star Dele Alli of whom both continue to impress despite their premature age.
Progressing through the England youth ranks from the U18 squad to the U21 squad, Dier made his illustrious England first team debut against Spain in an international friendly in November 2015 and is now regarded as one of the countries most important players through his versatility and natural ability.