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- Eric Dier moved to Sporting CP from England when he was seven years old when his mother was offered a job working in Portugal during the 2004 European Championships. His footballing ability was spotted by his school's (International Preparatory School in Carcavelos) P.E. teacher who referred him to Sporting scouts. In 2010, his parents returned to England and Dier remained in Portugal, living at Sporting CP's academy. He is the grandson of Ted Croker (former Secretary of the Football Association and President of Cheltenham Town) and great nephew of Peter Croker who both played professionally for Charlton Athletic. His father, Jeremy is a former professional tennis player.
In January 2011, Dier agreed to join Everton on a short term loan until 30 June. Sporting CP's official website stated that the loan was "an opportunity for the athlete to grow in a more competitive and demanding environment". (Wikipedia)
Eric Dier is both fluent in English and Portuguese. Dier had been approached by the Portuguese Football Federation to play for Portugal but only could do this once he turned 18. Eric Dier never made it a secret though that he wanted to play for England. And is now capped for England U19. His favorite (English club) is Manchester United.