Tottenham defender Eric Dier feels in his best form of his career.
He believes this is the best he has ever played for Tottenham. A year ago, he was left out of England's squad for the Euros and claimed he was often made the scapegoat for Spurs' poor performances. But Dier does not want to look back.
"It was difficult to maintain [my mental stability], I'm an emotional person," he says. "I don't really want to go back to last season. It's gone. In some ways, having these things happen is good for you. It's very cliched but they make you stronger."
It is tough, though, always being under the spotlight.
"Everyone's perspective is different," says Dier. "For someone who hasn't played football, especially in the era we are in now — social media, mobiles, that kind of thing — I think it's this generation of footballers who are the first to experience something like this. I don't think players from the past can even fathom what it's like now.
"I'm going to feel pressure in certain situations, and feel scrutiny, and people that aren't in my shoes will say, 'Why? You have a great life. You make lots of money'. But it's perspective. I can't try to understand someone else's and I don't expect someone else to understand mine."
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