England might have booked their place for the FIFA World Cup in Russia after a 1-0 win over Slovenia but questions still remain about just how good they can be in the tournament.
The Three Lions laboured to the win, despite fielding a near first-team, with Harry Kane getting the only goal of the game.
Wembley wasn’t filled to capacity and even though the fans tried to cheer the team on, it seemed like the side was disjointed and they never really were able to click into gear.
It wasn’t a surprise that many England fans turned on the players, especially on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but a few had a pop at Eric Dier too.
The Tottenham star wasn’t the worst player out there and did a decent enough job but the lack of creativity was a problem for many. Fans took to Twitter to have a pop at the midfielder and here are some of the reactions from the social networking site.
Name a worse midfield in world football than Ox, Henderson and Dier ???
Got the be the shittest midfield I’ve ever seen at any level ever.
— Felé (@Mark_Champ20ns) October 6, 2017
Dier/Henderson pivot. That's championship level in terms of organization skills.
— RG⁶ (@registability) October 5, 2017
The lack of creativity, vision and limited passing range in the Henderson and Dier midfield axis, is the major downfall of this England team
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) October 5, 2017
A half fit Jack Wilshire would still do a better job than Henderson and Dier combined #bringbackjack
— Rich Bond (@RichBond_) October 5, 2017
Southgate needs to do himself a favour and test Winks next week. Mans brings something totally different to Dier/Henderson
— TottenhamTalk (@tottenhamtalk1) October 5, 2017
We're going into the World Cup with Dier-Henderson. Please God, allow a youngster to emerge
— Pepper ΑΩ (@NickiDupre) October 5, 2017
Southgate has turned Walker into Hoyte, Dier into Digard, Sterling into Aliadiere and Kane into Alves. Needs to be complimented for that
— Fordy (@pauliefordy) October 5, 2017
England miss lallana and alli massively in midfield. Lingard has passed it forward more in 10 mi s than dier and Henderson put together!🙈
— David Buchanan (@_Buchs) October 5, 2017
England are Dier!!!
— Anthony Gerrard (@antgerrard86) October 5, 2017
— Neil Peter (@Neil1889) October 5, 2017
I get more excitement staring at a piece of brown bread than I do watching the Henderson – Dier midfield partnership
— Jake Jones (@Jtleonard) October 5, 2017
While it is a little harsh to blame only Dier for the performance, it must be said that the Englishman has also often played as a centre-back and maybe that could have been a better option for Gareth Southgate.
Dier, like most of the English players, needs some more time to learn under Southgate but the former Middlesbrough manager has to turn things around quickly if the English side are to achieve something worthy in Russia.