Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he is “baffled” by Gareth Southgate’s decision to include Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier in his latest England squad.
The Spurs man has been named among a 26-strong party for the upcoming internationals against San Marino, Albania and Poland, with Dier one of ten defenders included in Southgate’s squad.
That is despite Dier finding himself out of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side in the Premier League in recent weeks, with four of his last five appearances for Spurs coming in the Europa League.
And his inclusion in the latest England squad has surprised former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, who believes Everton’s Ben Godfrey could – and perhaps should – have been included instead of him.
Speaking on BT Sport ahead of Everton’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City, Ferdinand stated that he feels the club form of certain defenders has not been reflected in the decisions made.
“I was a bit baffled with the selection of defenders,” Ferdinand said.
“You look at [Eric] Dier, he’s not a regular at his team, you think how has he actually snuck in there? [Wolves defender Conor] Coady hasn’t had the best of seasons.
“[Ben] Godfrey has come in, hit the ground running, and he’s been immense, played in multiple positions at the back. A young player, you think going to a tournament to get experience – I did that, the experience I got was phenomenal.
“Not only him – Michael Keane has been one of the most outstanding centre halves in the league this year. [Ezri] Konsa at Aston Villa is the best centre back at his club, but Tyrone Mings is ahead of him for England.”