Eric Dier feels “lucky” to have Mauricio Pochettino as his manager at Tottenham and has vowed to repay the boss’ faith in him.
Dier moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2014 from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon a few months after the Argentine’s arrival.
The versatile 22-year-old has since established himself as a regular for the Londoners and has also forced his way into the England set-up.
Dier grabbed his first Three Lions goal in Berlin on Saturday as he headed home a late winner in the 3-2 victory over Germany, while club team-mate Harry Kane was also on target.
Spurs pair Danny Rose and Dele Alli also played the full 90 minutes, while Kyle Walker was on the bench.
Dier feels he and his club and country team-mates have Pochettino to thank for their rise into the England squad.
He said: “We did all get together in the dressing room. It’s great for us five – Walks didn’t get on but for the five of us to be here was amazing.
“We have to be thankful for our manager, for being able to put us in this position by giving us a chance at our club and improving us.
“Us Spurs boys know how lucky we are to have him because he’s been brilliant.
“He demands a lot of us, always wanting us to improve.
“That’s what’s made us able to be in the position we are now so we’re very grateful for him and we want to repay him.
“We really enjoyed it and I think all four of us put in good performances. I am really happy for Danny Rose because I think it’s a long time coming. For me, he has been the best left-back in the Premier League this season.”