Eric Dier calls for respectful support from England fans vs. Lithuania

Right now, Gareth Southgate and the English national team must accept that they are behind Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Portugal in terms of tactical strength. He's a player we've worked with with the Under-21s and we know his personality and character.

England are top of World Cup qualifying group F with 10 points from four games.

"I've talked before about sharing the responsibility around the squad, and even some of the youngest players coming in have been able to talk openly in front of everybody this week, which is a good sign".

Such sides have always been considered minnows, and England a big fish in world football, but Iceland's stunning run last summer has indicated the gap is closing.

"When he's here, Wayne is our captain, the England captain, and when he's not here, you'd probably say Jordan (Henderson) and then it moves down from there".

A number of the travelling Three Lions supporters brought shame on themselves after chanting a number of offensive songs during the midweek 1-0 defeat to Germany in Dortmund.

Asked whether he thought this England side wouldn't hit their peak until after the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, Dier said: "I like to go on a game-by-game basis". I think he has shown great maturity in the way he has recovered from his own disappointment last summer and it's a good moment for him. "I have enjoyed being part of a great football club, a great city, meeting new people", he said.

It would be unwise to get too carried away - this is England after all and Germany were uncharacteristically poor until Lukas Podolski scored with a rocket of a shot in his farewell game for the world champions.

"Whenever you're in an England squad, you're going to think about it".

"I was at the France game after (the) Paris (attack) and I thought that was an fantastic show of unity". Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson was also called into the squad on Friday.

"I don't think he's eager to make anything completely different and change everything for us here and there. We've all played a lot of games and age isn't everything", he added.

"We are working closely with the UK Football Policing Unit to review all of their footage taken throughout the day and from the match to identify those supporters whose behaviour was unacceptable and we have also received many first-hand accounts". They will work extremely hard to cause England a tricky evening but as huge underdogs you can expect them to lineup with a packed out defence and midfield, possibly in a 4-5-1 or 5-4-1 formation.

  • Julie Sanders