Paul Robinson Has Leapt To The Defence Of Eric Dier After The Tottenham Defender Was Criticised By Gary Neville

Paul Robinson Has Leapt To The Defence Of Eric Dier After The Tottenham Defender Was Criticised By Gary Neville

Neville was speaking on Sky Sports in the wake of England’s 2-1 win against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League when he said that Dier needed to ‘drop’ his ego.

The Tottenham defender conceded the penalty for Belgium’s opener after fouling former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

“I think once Lukaku drives in there, Eric Dier has just got to back off him and pull away,” Neville said. “Compose yourself. Don’t make the challenge and certainly don’t go to ground. Drop your ego and maybe even let him have a shot with his right foot.”

Those accusations were rejected by former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson, however, as he pointed towards the player’s up and down form.

“Is it ego? I am not so sure that challenge was to do with ego,” he told Football Insider. “His form has been inconsistent. It has been up and down, and he has been criticised at times. I was surprised at his selection as a centre-half for England, and then, of course, he gave away the penalty.

“Dier has been indifferent for Spurs and they have looked to sign a defender this summer. Jose seems to like him but another signing would suggest that he will not always be a regular starter. He plays him when he can.”

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