Keown would pick Dier over Henderson

Group G World Cup 2018

England are about to face Tunisia in their opening game in the World Cup and Jordan Henderson is expected to start as the most defensive of the midfielders – however, Martin Keown would prefer to see Eric Dier there.

The former England international claimed that the Liverpool midfielder is less responsible and he could leave the defence a bit more exposed – and therefore, Dier would be a better option for this game.

Keown spoke about this issue as he said, according to Daily Mail:

“It looks like Jordan Henderson will start in midfield against Tunisia but if Gareth Southgate wants the best person to fit his system, he should go for Eric Dier.”

“Either player will be the pivot, sitting at the base of the midfield.”

“It is vital the pivot sits deep to give England numbers in defence to deal with a counter-attack.”

“Henderson likes to get forward but if he does in this system, England could be left with just three players in defence.”

“Dier is better suited to this role but his leg has been strapped up this week which may count against him. Southgate may want to go with the player he can rely upon to be fit.”