Eric Dier wants England fans to be 'respectful'


Ahead of the World Cup qualifier manager Gareth Southgate explained his decision to give Joe Hart the captain's armband, why Ben Gibson was added to the squad, the influence of England's supporters and what we can expect from our opponents.

It is more justified with the fact that England's main striker Harry Kane is out injured.

Dier was out in Dortmund preparing for England's friendly with Germany and upon hearing the news of the attack, the Englishman has revealed he was quick to make an anxious phone call to his mother to ensure she was safe. He was a player not too long ago so he knows how we think and what's going through our minds.

"Michael Keane was fantastic", said Hart, who said England, who top Group F with 10 points from four games, approach Sunday's game with confidence.

Following the midweek defeat to world champions Germany, the road to Russian Federation resumes on Sunday when England welcome Lithuania to Wembley Stadium. But Joe is our most capped member of the squad and it's a good moment for him. It's terrible. You never want to see things like that, especially where you live. If I wasn't here, I don't think it would make much of a difference.

Wednesday's deadly events unfolded hours before England's friendly with Germany in Dortmund and, rather than act in haste on the day, the Football Association chose to mark the occasion on home turf at its World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

However, the best thing you can do, and I guarantee you that there are only two or three teams that can do this, is to excel at one of them and merely satisfy the requirements of the other in order to switch between tactics.

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"I've enjoyed being part of Serie A; it's a strong league".

In midfield, both Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may need to secure permanent moves away from Arsenal to get the game time they need to be considered, while Theo Walcott's recent omission suggests he still has more to prove despite a decent season at the Emirates Stadium.

Having tested a 3-4-2-1 system in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Germany, Southgate may decide to revert to the back four he used in the three qualifiers he oversaw at the end of previous year.

"The past matters and we understand where people's [lack of] optimism outside of our environment comes from, because we're realistic", he said.

Let's just hope he puts in another good performance for his country, but returns to Melwood fit and healthy. Unfortunately when it matters, it's not been there.

"We need a bigger squad".