Eric Dier accuses Ander Herrera of deliberate elbowing

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England midfielder Eric Dier hits out at Ander Herrera for elbowing him during the closing stages of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain at Wembley and branded the Manchester United player’s actions as ridiculous.

Eric Dier accused dirty Ander Herrera of elbowing him in the face during England’s friendly draw with Spain before suggesting that he will seek revenge when the both will face each other in next month’s Premier League meeting.

Midfielder Dier was angered by a flying elbow from Manchester United’s midfielder five minutes before the end of Tuesday night’s Wembley tie in which Spain staged a late fight back. Dier played the full match as late goals from Spain substitutes Iago Aspas and Isco cancelled out an eighth-minute Adam Lallana penalty and Jamie Vardy’s header early in the second half.

Dier was very much annoyed by the challenge of Herrera, who chased Herrera up the pitch afterwards, apparently remonstrating with his opponent. Herrera apparently denied any wrongdoing.

“I think it’s pretty clear what he did and I can feel it on my cheek now,” said the Englishman.

“So I know what he did and I don’t like that kind of stuff.

“I don’t mind people kicking each other at times and stuff, but that’s just dirty and not needed. I’ve made a pass and it was a long time afterwards and he’s elbowed me in the face and I just can’t see why. For me, it’s just ridiculous.”

And when he was asked whether he want an apology from the Spaniard, Dier said: “I don’t need him to apologise. I’ll see him soon. These things happen. But I don’t know why he did it, to be honest. That’s why I was angry. It was just strange and it’s not nice.”

These things happen. But I don’t know why he did it, to be honest. That’s why I was angry. It was just strange and it’s not nice,” the midfielder added.

Spurs will travel to Old Trafford on December 11 and this sudden exchange of words could make this tie an impressive one for the viewers and supporters.

Photo by Ben Sutherland

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