Dier: Slovakia win is start of Euro 2016 healing process for England

Date published: Monday 5th September 2016 9:20

Eric Dier was pleased to start life under Sam Allardyce with a win but said there was still plenty of work to do to heal the scars of Euro 2016.

A last-gasp Adam Lallana strike saw the Three Lions secure a tight 1-0 win in their World Cup qualifier against 10-man Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday night.

It meant a winning start for new boss Allardyce as the ghosts of England’s Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland began to be laid to rest.

But Dier knows it will take more than this unconvincing victory to move on and forget the galling 2-1 defeat at the round-of-16 stage in France, which cost Roy Hodgson his job.

“It is nice to get off to a winning start for us and the manager as we try to put the Euros behind us,” he said.

“It is nice to have played another game for England so that the one at the Euros is not the last one now.

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“There is a long way to go until the scars have been healed but it is a start. All we can do is win against whoever we have in front of us but I think there is a long way to go before we repay everyone for what happened in the Euros.

“And for ourselves as well because we were the most unhappy of everyone and there is a long way to go until we are happy again.”

Tottenham midfielder Dier also called on England to be more clinical in the final third after they struggled to break down a resolute Slovakia defence, which had been depleted when former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was sent off just before the hour-mark.

England did not have an effort on target until the 64th minute and, although Lallana hit the post and substitute Theo Walcott had a late goal chalked off for a contentious offside, Dier wants the team to deliver more at the top end of the pitch.

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“We played them in the Euros (a 0-0 draw) and they are a very well-organised team,” he added.

“They have been together for a long time with their manager and they have some good players so we knew it was going to be tough.

“The opposition going down to 10 men makes it more difficult sometimes. We probably should have finished the game off by the time we scored the winner and that is one of the things we are going to have to improve on: being that bit more ruthless.”


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