Neville baffles Carragher over Dier selection for England

Date published: Tuesday 6th April 2021 10:30 - Joe Williams

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Gary Neville left Jamie Carragher baffled by his England selection after the former Man Utd defender selected Eric Dier in his mock squad.

Former England coach Neville picked Spurs utility man Dier, Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood and Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse as his less obvious picks for this summer’s European Championship.

However, Carragher was bemused by Neville’s selection of a player who hasn’t played a Premier League match for Tottenham since February, while rapidly falling down our England ladder.

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When asked what he thought of Neville’s selection on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “No, not Eric Dier for me. I mean Gary’s obviously got a relationship with him, he took him to a tournament and he played midfield.

“You played him in midfield in that tournament, so you put him in the squad, you championed him. I don’t think he’s done enough, certainly for Tottenham this season. He can’t get in the Tottenham team can he? I don’t think.”

Presenter Dave Jones said: “Not in the last couple of weeks.”

Carragher added: “So he can’t get in the Tottenham team but he wants to put him in the England squad, so I can’t quite work that one out.

“Greenwood, he knows Greenwood better than me, he does look like he’s going to be a star.”


Jones asked Neville why the Man Utd striker has made it into his squad, to which he replied: “I think he’s a brilliant finisher. I think we’ve seen [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin tonight.

“I see Calvert-Lewin as somebody who is against a top team, half an hour to go, one nil up, to run the line, run them ragged, close down, harrass, potentially get a goal. But I think his finishing is a little bit erratic.

“I think if England are going to need a goal, they’re one nil down against a team, I would bring Greenwood on because I think he’s a finisher. He’s a brilliant finisher, better finisher than Rashford, naturally a better finisher than Sterling, even though he hasn’t got the goals of Sterling.

“I think he’s got that quality to work in tight spaces in and around the box. I think he’s exceptional and that’s not just because he plays for Manchester United, he’s different than the other ones.

“So I would try to find a way to work out how to fit him into the squad in case [Harry] Kane got injured. Because I don’t think there is a natural replacement for Kane in terms of finisher and I think Greenwood is really the only one that can finish.”


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