Tottenham's Eric Dier has been cut from the England U21 squad for this summer's European U21 Championships by manager Gareth Southgate.
Dier had been part of the provisional squad announced on May 20, however, he has been overlooked as Southgate puts his faith in Arsenal's Calum Chambers, Everton's John Stones and Leicester City's Liam Moore.
Patrick Bamford of Chelsea, who has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough this season, also misses out through injury while Wolves' Benik Afobe and Fulham's Cauley Woodrow also missed the final cut for the 23-man squad.
Southgate has stressed that the choice to leave out Dier was not an easy one, as The Guardian reports: "Eric was a difficult one. That's because we've got five very good centre-backs in that initial squad."
Dier has enjoyed an excellent first season for Tottenham, making 36 appearances in all competitions, more than both Stones and Moore and seemed a certainty for selection.
Dier did request to be left out of a friendly squad this autumn in order to undergo extra defensive training with Tottenham, a request which the player stated both he and Southgate were in "complete agreement" over.
However, rumours are now circulating that this instance has harmed Dier's position with the national side.
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