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Tottenham defender Eric Dier admits disappointment missing England squad

Tottenham defender Eric Dier admits some disappointment missing this week's England squad.

It's the first time in six years Dier hasn't been involved.

“I'm not happy, put it that way!" he told the club's website, naturally wanting to be part of Gareth Southgate's plans. “But for us to win before an international break is huge for the atmosphere, otherwise you have to wait for a long two weeks for redemption, so that's nice.

“For me, it's just a chance to work on things, things I want to get better at - it's a great opportunity to do that. It's also another hit of fitness work - that also helps. It's also a chance for a break. I've been playing a lot of golf, and training.

"It's not a time to just sit there. I see it as a chance to get more work in, which is difficult during the season as there are games every three days."

Dier added: "I'm just starting to feel 100 per cent again after that. It was a dead leg. I felt good against Villa, and I'm happy with my performance, there's always things to build on and improve, but I feel good. I'm staying calm, building into the season, and trying to get better and better as the season goes on."

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