Eriksson rates the Irishman so highly that he admits he has pondered what would have happened to Dunne's international career had he been born English.
"I would agree that Richard is in the very top bracket of central defenders playing in the Premier League," he said.
"He can do everything. Richard is a good header of the ball, he is strong, he is a rather good passer when on the ball and is quick, quicker than you think.
"He has a lot of experience now at the top level. It would be nice to see what would happen if he was English though perhaps you should not say that to an Irishman! I think he would be a challenge to all the other central defenders."