Big Sam says Spurs star Eric Dier is as good as Sergio Busquets

first_img“It says, ‘we’re going to get stuck in tonight, we’re going to make an impression on Spain in all aspects of the game to win it’.“That got a big cheer from the fans in the stadium and probably all the fans in England and certainly set the tone for the match.” Eric Dier starred for England against Spain 4 4 Dier can’t believe it as he is booked by the referee for his hard, but seemingly fair, challenge “Busquets has been a great player for Spain and Barcelona, don’t get me wrong. He’s a very effective player and is the first pick for every manager because he plays such a simple game.“But we laud him as a genius, whereas our own we don’t, we criticise.“Eric Dier was far better than Busquets last night.”There were so many talking points from the game – Raheem Sterling ending his three-year goal drought with a brace, Marcus Rashford proving his doubters wrong by also scoring, England’s first win in Spain for 31 years, Spain’s first competitive defeat at home for 15 years.But the moment which has got everyone talking, and one which is likely to go down in England folklore, was Dier’s scything challenge on Real Madrid villain Sergio Ramos. 4 Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday, Allardyce praised Dier’s all-round performance in Seville.In fact, the former England boss was so taken by his display that he believes the Tottenham man is already as good as the World Cup winner he faced up against on Monday, who he believes gets far too much praise for what he actually does on the pitch.“The praise about Busquets must be stopped, it was never evident last night, he looked out of sorts,” Big Sam added.“He’s no better or worse then Eric Dier, for me.“Busquets is a sitting midfield player who breaks up play, intercepts, passes it very quickly and is intelligent. That’s what he is. He’s not much more than that, but he gets a lot of praise for it.“Whereas Eric Dier does a similar job, but sometimes gets loads of criticism for it. He [Dier] has got the capability of being that. Eric Dier was booked for a crunching challenge on Sergio Ramos in the Spain defender’s own box Busquets did not have a great game against England, who counter-attacked to great effect in the first-half 4 Sam Allardyce believes Eric Dier is every bit as good as Barcelona great Sergio Busquets.England produced perhaps their best performance under Gareth Southgate to stun Spain with a 3-2 victory on Monday night, with Dier impressing in the centre of midfield. Only 12 minutes were on the clock when the Tottenham man flew into the Spain captain with a needless, but fair, challenge on the edge of Spain’s area.He was booked by the referee, but the old-school display of English grit appeared the spur the Three Lions, who went on to open up a 3-0 lead before half-time with a clinical display.His tackle has practically made Dier a national hero, and Big Sam believes it was key in setting the tone for England’s gutsy performance.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “I loved it!“A tackle like that can set the tone.“As a manager, you look at who is going get the fans on the edge of the seats. People will say that you can’t think of something like that to do it, but when you watch a game of football and you see that level of commitment, you saw the cheer it brings from the fans.last_img

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