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Eric Dier: England’s Next Big Thing

You may of never heard of this kid and I don’t blame you one bit. What is certain is that soon you will have his name constantly ringing in your head.

Eric Dier is tipped as England’s next John Terry or Rio Ferdinand and one of the best young talents the country has had in years.

Eric Dier lines up with England's next generation of talent including Theo Walcott, Joe Hart and Adam Johnson

Dier is so highly rated that he was picked to line-up with Joe Hart, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson and Jack Wilshere to promote the release of England’s new home kit a few months ago.

If you’ve been a regular follower of The Youth Radar you may be asking yourself why you have never heard of this youngster before?

Eric Dier has never been selected to represent England at any youth level. Dier moved to Portugal when his mother was offered a job during the 2004 European Championships when he was only seven-years-old. It was there that he was offered trials with Sporting Lisbon and he landed a place in their academy team. He has been captain of every single Sporting side he has played for, except last season’s Under 19 team, which is understandable considering at the time he was only 16-years-old! Despite this huge success, it appears that until recently, The FA never knew of Dier’s existence and therefore he was never considered for selection.

Dier is currently on loan at Everton and has been since January 2010. Sporting Lisbon said the loan was “an opportunity for the athlete to grow in a more demanding and competitive environment,” and since then he has attracted huge interest from the big clubs of English football such as Manchester United and Chelsea but Everton have extended his loan for the rest of the season.

Eric Dier playing for Sporting Lisbon's academy side

Upon signing for Everton, The FA made a statement saying they would intend to select him for the Under 17 squad for the 2011 Algarve Tournament, but this never happened. Dier obviously has the option to play for Portugal or England and is currently undecided on his future. Possibly a move from a big English side would persuade Dier to make England his top choice nationality?

There should be news after this summer on Eric Dier choosing his nationality but for now we are just going to have to wait. Dier was part of Everton’s Under 18 side that won the FA Premier Academy League Final in May and will be looking to build on his Everton career this season.

You can follow The Youth Radar throughout this season to follow the progress of Dier and find unrivalled coverage of the FA Premier Academy League season.

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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