Eric Dier had to be taken off early on in England’s win over the Czech Republic (Getty Images)Gareth Southgate has conceded that Eric Dier will be unavailable for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Monday after he came off injured during the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley.
Despite not featuring too often for Spurs of late due to injury problems, Dier was named in Southgate’s starting XI for England’s Euro 2020 curtain-raiser in a three-man midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli.
However, Dier lasted just over 15 minutes before being forced off after receiving a hefty whack from Tomas Soucek in midfield. He was replaced by Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley who delivered an encouraging performance.
After the game, Southgate acknowledged that Dier would be unavailable for the trip to Montenegro, saying: ‘I think he will go back to his club. Hopefully not too serious, bit of a muscular injury but he won’t be right for our second game.’
Dier has been a consistent presence in both Tottenham and England’s team over the past few seasons, however, his season has been dogged by injuries.
The 25-year-old was sidelined with a thigh injury earlier on in the campaign and missed six weeks of action over the festive period due to having his appendix taken out. He has also recently had a spell on the sidelines due to tonsilitis.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his latest setback isn’t too serious with Spurs’ place in the top-four suddenly in jeopardy following a run of three defeats in their last four Premier League matches.
Southgate, meanwhile, has been hit by a number of withdrawals this international break with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford all pulling out due to injury.
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