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Eric Dier says suggestions he does not want to play for England could not be further from the truth, insisting his request to return to Tottenham was so he could become a better player for club and country.
The 20-year-old has found himself in the headlines after it emerged he had asked to be excused from England Under-21s' friendlies against Portugal and France.
Dier's desire to play in central defence rather than at right-back was cited as the reason behind his request to return to north London and a decision backed by Young Lions manager Gareth Southgate.
– Spurs defender Eric Dier
I spoke to Gareth Southgate and we were in complete agreement that it was the right thing to do
We had an open conversation and I think he was happy that I could be so honest with him.
If he wasn't completely fine with this, then I would never have asked because I would never want to put him in a difficult position.
He has been fantastic with the whole situation and is really easy to talk to. I certainly would never want to give him or anyone else the wrong impression.
It is not a case that I don't want to play for England, that couldn't be further from the truth.