Tottenham hotshot Eric Dier has praised interim England manager Gareth Southgate for not tinkering with tactics at the end of a year of which different tactical approach left the team operating at a low frequency.
Late goals from Spain, saw England play out a 2-2 draw at Wembley. The friendly was Southgate’s fourth match in charge, garnering seven points from three matches as England sit top of their qualifiers table.
Dier believes his former England Under-21 boss has made his mark on the team and was encouraged by the boldness of sticking to a plan of building from deep and pressing Spain high up the field – customarily the calling cards of the visitors, who were instead on the back foot for large parts of the contest.
“I think that’s what we’ve been doing over these four games now and you could see it [against Spain] better than in the other three. We got our rewards up until the end.
“Sam was good as well, he had a way of playing and he stuck to it and believed in it 100 per cent.
“Gareth is the same way. I think at times you can be half-hearted – you play out and then you lose the ball playing out so you want to go long; you go long and why didn’t you play out?
“You either do it or you don’t, for me. I think we’ve been getting better at that.”
On Southgate’s long-term job prospects, Dier added: “I think what he’s done over the four games is obvious. What happens is not up to us so it doesn’t make a difference what I say really.”