Eric Dier has thanked Mauricio Pochettino for his trust as he looks to complete a “dream week” by helping Tottenham to victory at Arsenal.
Dier has impressed in a holding midfield role for Spurs this season and on Wednesday was rewarded with a place in the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain and France.
The 21-year-old acknowledges he has Pochettino to thank for the call-up.
“The boss gives us young players the chance,” Dier said. “He believes in us and it’s a matter of us taking that chance.
“If you do that, he sticks with you and believes in you. It is great to have someone like him who believes in us and gives us the platform to play on.”
Tottenham go into the north London derby unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening game of the season, but Dier accepts form will count for little at Emirates Stadium.
“When it’s a derby everything else goes out of the window,” Dier said. “Both teams are doing extremely well in the league so it’s going to be a very good game.
“We’re on a great run but that’s in the past. None of that matters if we lose against Arsenal so we have to go into this game trying to get a good result.
“Arsenal have a lot of attacking players with great quality and you want to play against those sort of players and in these sort of games.
“We are not getting ahead of ourselves. Everything is going well so far but it’s very early days.
“We have sneaked under the radar a bit so far and we have just got to keep doing what we have been doing every week and see where it leads us.”
Still on a high from the shock of his England call, Dier is hoping to make it a perfect week at The Emirates.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself but it could be – and hopefully it will be – a dream week for me,” Dier added.
“The manager told me on Wednesday there was a chance I would be in the squad and then I found out just like everyone else.
“I was just having lunch and he called me over and said he had spoken to Roy Hodgson after the Aston Villa game and there was a strong possibility I would be in the squad.
“I wouldn’t have believed it if during my summer holidays someone had told me this was going to happen. Obviously it is a dream.”
According to the Mail on Sunday, Spurs could soon add another young star to their ranks after making contact with representatives of 16-year-old Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, who has scored nine goals in the U17 World Cup in Chile.
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