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Eric Dier singled out as the ‘future manager’ in Spurs’ current squad

By Ben Green

Published: 17:24, 24 April 2019

Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has told Match of the Day Magazine that he believes teammate Eric Dier is likely to take up a career in football management once he hangs up his boots.

Dier, 25, has been an ever-present in the heart of Spurs’ midfield since joining the north London club from Sporting CP in 2014.

Is Dier management material? Five key things to know…

  1. Dier has so far amassed 205 appearances for Spurs, scoring 10 goals and registering nine assists.
  2. He first captained the club in 2016 at the age of just 22, and has since taken the armband on numerous occasions.
  3. Mauricio Pochettino has previously described Dier as “brave” as well as having a “fantastic attitude”.
  4. Gareth Southgate has also entrusted Dier with the role of skipper for England, saying the midfielder plays with “maturity and intelligence”.
  5. Rose has now heaped praise on his teammate, believing the “smart” midfielder can one day cut his teeth in football management.

A combative and versatile midfielder, Dier has captained the Lilywhites on multiple occasions since relocating to the capital, as well as donning the armband for England.

The Cheltenham-born enforcer has previously spoken of how he idolised Roy Keane and Rafael Marquez – two renowned captains for Manchester United and Mexico respectively – during his adolescence, so it’s no surprise he has gone on to skipper both club and country.

Rose was asked which of his teammates he can realistically see as a future manager, to which he responded: “Eric Dier.

“He’s very smart, understands the game well and he’s a man of many positions on the pitch. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a manager when he retires.”

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Dier’s repertoire

Among the list of traits Dier possesses in his locker, the England midfielder is also bilingual, speaking both English and Portuguese fluently.

The 25-year-old moved to Portugal from England when he was seven years old, spending some time in the Algarve region before settling down in Lisbon.

During his time in the Portuguese capital, Dier joined the Leoes academy in 2003 and made gradual progress to the first-team, making his debut in 2012.

Having the ability to speak multiple languages is an attribute that has favoured many managers over the years, and given the strong contingent of Brazilian and Portuguese players in the Premier League, this will certainly serve Dier well should he opt to try his luck in football management once he calls time on his career.

To read the full interview, pick up a copy of Match of the Day Magazine on sale now.