The prospect of England facing Portugal in the last 16 of Euro 2016 should not be viewed with any fear, according to Eric Dier.
England’s failure to overcome Slovakia on Monday means they will face the runners-up from Group F next Monday in Nice and that could be any of the four teams in that group: Portugal, Hungary, Iceland or Austria.
The Three Lions have gone out to Portugal twice in major competitions relatively recently but Dier says there should be nothing to fear, and instead it will be their opponents who do not want to face England.
Dier said: “We’ll have to wait and see who we get, but England v Portugal is a game that has a lot of history in tournaments.
“I grew up with quite a few of their squad. There is William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Rui Patricio, the goalkeeper, who I played with a lot at Sporting, and Adrien Silva, too.
“Plus I played a few against Andre Gomes in the youth teams. So I know quite a few of them.
“As for Ronaldo, I was only extremely young when he was at Sporting. Everyone there was delighted for his success and they are still very proud of him there.
“But we shouldn’t be fearful of anyone we might play. I am sure there are lots of teams in this tournament who would not want to play us judging from how we have played in the first three games.
“Of course we couldn’t win them all, but in general our play has been very good and very positive.”