Eric Dier admits he didn’t know he was taking England’s fifth penalty

Surprise

Tottenham and England star Eric Dier has admitted that he didn’t know he would be taking the fifth penalty against Colombia until just after extra time.

The players would typically know the order before the game if the situation was to arise, but that wasn’t the case for Eric Dier.

Everyone was shocked when it was the Tottenham man who stood up to take the all-important winning penalty questioning exactly why.

Jamie Vardy is a penalty regular for Leicester but soon became apparent that Dier was thrust into taking the penalty after a groin injury to the Foxes man.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

‘It’s a strange one’

Now, Dier has opened up over the pressure of taking the penalty and how he was slightly surprised by the order of his penalty.

“I didn’t know the order until the manager came,” he revealed, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. 

“The manager didn’t tell us the order before the game. Obviously, with substitutions, the order can change, so after extra-time, he just told me that I was number five.

“It’s a strange one. Obviously, you don’t do it very often so it’s a bit weird, but it was okay.

“At the time, I don’t really know what I was thinking about [walking up to take the penalty], to be honest.

“While you’re waiting to take it it’s nerve-wracking but, once I walked up, when I was going to take it, I was quite calm to be honest.

“I was very nervous while standing waiting but once I walked up there, I was alright. I knew where I was going to put it.”

Bad for Jamie Vardy: Why Eric Dier took England’s 5th penalty vs Colombia

With the news that Jamie Vardy was unable to take a penalty, it looks as though he could be out for the game against Sweden.

Click here to find out more about his injury. 

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