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England had a historical win in Spain last night, leading to all sorts of hyperbole, but Sam Allardyce really went too far with his comparison between Eric Dier and Sergio Busquets.
Gareth Southgate has done wonders for England. The Three Lions run to the World Cup semis shocked most people and even with the quality of opposition in that run it was an impressive achievement in Russia.
One thing Gareth's guys had failed to do though was beat top class opposition in a competitive fixture, something that long outlasted Southgate, but they put that right on Monday night with a brilliant performance in beating Spain 3-2 in the Nations League.
Eric Dier had a good night in Seville and everyone was particularly loving his challenge on Sergio Ramos, which did cost the Spurs man a yellow card but was totally worth it.
There's no doubt that the former Sporting man had a good night and in contrast Sergio Busquets was far from his best for Spain but suggesting the Barca men isn't better than the Englishman is madness.
Not according to Sam Allardyce though who thinks Busquets is no better than Dier. Speaking to talkSPORT the former Bolton Wanderers manager said:
"He's no better or worse then Eric Dier, for me.
"Busquets is a sitting midfield player who breaks up play, intercepts, passes it very quickly and is intelligent. That's what he is. He's not much more than that, but he gets a lot of praise for it.
"Whereas Eric Dier does a similar job, but sometimes gets loads of criticism for it."
"Busquets is no better than Dier...- The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 16, 2018
...Dier does a similar job to Busquets but he gets a lot of criticism for it!"
Sam Allardyce believes #THFC's @EricDier is as good as Barca's Busquets but doesn't get the same credit! :eyes:
:radio: Take a listen & give us your thoughts! ↓ pic.twitter.com/WOhINsq4og
In an alternate universe somewhere Allardyce could still be England manager of course having had to quit the job with a 100% record in 2016.
The former England boss was, unsurprisingly, particularly impressed with Dier's tackle on Ramos, saying, "I loved it! A tackle like that can set the tone. As a manager, you look at who is going to get the fans on the edge of the seats. People will say that you can't think of something like that to do it, but when you watch a game of football and you see that level of commitment, you saw the cheer it brings from the fans.
"It says, 'we're going to get stuck in tonight, we're going to make an impression on Spain in all aspects of the game to win it'."
It was certainly a good night for England and Dier but as good as Busquets? Give over!
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