Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier convinced he has the qualities to be England captain

James Benge
Captain Dier: The Spurs midfielder hopes to one day wear the Three Lions armband: Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier says he is convinced he has the skills required to one-day be England captain.

England’s current skipper Wayne Rooney has not featured in three of Gareth Southgate’s last four starting lineups and it seems increasingly likely that a formal replacement for the Manchester United captain will be needed sooner rather than later.

Dier’s Spurs team-mate Harry Kane is among the leading contenders to take on the role, Jordan Henderson and Joe Hart among the other possible contenders.

However with Dier established as a regular starter for England as a midfield anchorman the 23-year-old could be an outsider contender for the armband. It is not an opportunity he would shy away from.

"It's an ambition of mine. I'd love to one day be able to do that," Dier said.

"That's something the manager decides and I'm sure he'll pick who he thinks is best.

"I think I've always had qualities that a captain may have and I think I can do that job."

Dier’s candidacy was doubtless improved by his performances at Euro 2016, where he was by some distance England’s best performer in another tournament defined by a disappointingly early exit.

Defeat at the hands of perceived minnows Iceland sent Roy Hodgson’s side crashing out at the round of 16 but that chastening experience at least means Dier and company know not to take a win for granted against the likes of Lithuania, who England face at Wembley on Sunday.

On the Iceland humbling, Dier said: "Whenever you're in an England squad you're going to think about it.

"It's a painful reminder and it's a good lesson for the future.

"We can look back on that game and what we didn't do, and in games like the one on Sunday try to do what we didn't."

He added: "It's going to be a tough game. In all internationals now there's no really easy games.

"Every team sets up to try to stop us, especially here at Wembley.

"We have to be confident going into it, try to play quick, attacking football and hopefully they won't be able to handle that.

"It's key we play with intensity, move the ball quickly. I think we need to be aggressive with the ball, move it quickly, and hopefully create a lot of chances and make it exciting for the fans."

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