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Eric Dier feeling free to make stand over his position

ERIC DIER is happy to go public with his desire to play in central defence for Tottenham after claiming he had been ‘politically correct’ previously.

The England international (pictured) was used as a midfielder by Mauricio Pochettino and was a key member of the side which challenged for the Premier League title.

His form saw current boss Jose Mourinho try to sign him at former club Manchester United and then the Portuguese immediately restored him to midfield after taking over at Spurs in November.

Dier returned to central defence for the 3-2 loss to Wolves, earning praise from Mourinho, and now he feels free to nail his colours to the mast.

‘That’s the position I see myself playing,’ Dier said. ‘That’s where I see my future. I was happy to be able to play, obviously very nice of the manager speaking that way about me.

‘I have always been very politically correct on the subject because of many different reasons.

‘It’s been something that isn’t new for me. The old manager knew where I stood about position and centre-back is where I see my future, and I think where I can be the best I can be.

‘With Pochettino, I started to play there this season, in the two games before he left, and I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.’