Dier: No Portugal regrets

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier doesn't regret choosing England over Portugal despite having seen A Selecao lift the European Championship trophy in July.

The 22-year-old, who spent his formative years in Portugal after leaving England at age seven, has been a revelation for the Three Lions in his deep-lying midfield role.

After starting as a defender at Tottenham Hotspur, Dier has become an important member of the Spurs midfield and transferred that influence to the national side.

The Portuguese Football Federation enquired about his availability while still a teenager, but Dier insists he was only ever going to play for the country of his birth.

And ahead of a Friendly with Spain on Tuesday, Dier explained: "If England can't win anything then I want Portugal to win. I was very happy for them, but never once did I think I should be playing for Portugal.

"Once when I was younger they had spoken to Sporting about it, but nothing really came of it. It's a bit late to turn around now!"

He added: "I'm English. I've never said the opposite. I'm 100 per cent English. In Portugal, it happens that a lot of Brazilians play for Portugal and they're not Portuguese.

"When I was growing up I wasn't a big fan of that. When I grew up, I always had the idea that I would play for England. I'm fully English, but Portugal is my home."

Dier went on to explain that he feels right at home playing in front of the passionate England fans.

"For me, when I play for England, I have the feeling for what the fans want," he revealed. "It's not so much the result for it's as much the fans going home thinking, 'You know what? They gave it their best go. They left everything out there. They gave everything. There was nothing more they could have done and we enjoyed watching them.'

"Spain are a fantastic side. If we defend for 90 minutes and score a last-minute winner then probably everyone will be happy, but that's not my way of thinking that we've done well. Obviously, results are what count in senior football, but performing the right way as well is important."

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