Eric Dier Reveals His Love for a Manchester United Legend Made Him Pick the No. 15 Shirt

Danny Ryan
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Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has revealed that adoration for Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic heavily influenced him to pick the no. 15 shirt. The Englishman was an avid fan of the tough-tackling Serbian defender and grew up watching his regular world-class displays for the Red Devils. Dier admits he preferred watching and analysing the Premier League, despite spending a lot of his youth in Portugal, and it was through these hours of viewing that he grew fond of Vidic and fellow United...

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has revealed that adoration for Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic heavily influenced him to pick the no. 15 shirt.

The Englishman was an avid fan of the tough-tackling Serbian defender and grew up watching his regular world-class displays for the Red Devils.

Dier admits he preferred watching and analysing the Premier League, despite spending a lot of his youth in Portugal, and it was through these hours of viewing that he grew fond of Vidic and fellow United star, Roy Keane.


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Speaking to the Players' Tribune, Dier said: "I was a big fan of Roy Keane when I was younger.

"Then it was Nemanja Vidic [one of the reasons I like the No. 15] and his defensive partner, Rio Ferdinand."

Dier's playing style certainly echoes his idols, tough in the tackle but brilliantly astute on the ball and capable of distributing it expertly.


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The England international has been used in both defence and midfield for his club this season with Gareth Southgate opting to use him the latter in the 1-0 loss away to Germany on Wednesday night.

Dier played the full 90 minutes in a fairly sombre affair, one in which England did their best to contain the hosts and even dominated the tempo of the game for large spells.

His Spurs colleague Dele Alli should have put the Three Lions 1-0 up in the first-half, however, his tame effort was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. In the end, England were made to pay as Lukas Podolski rifled in a winner late in the second period.

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