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England News: Dier happy to banish painful memories

1 year ago

In the latest England news, Eric Dier says the current squad’s performance at the World Cup has gone a long way to healing the scars left by their Euro 2016 exit.

The Three Lions suffered one of their lowest moments two years ago under Roy Hodgson’s management after losing to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship.

Having struggled just to reach the Euro 2016 knockout stages, England’s showing in Russia couldn’t be any more different, easily dispatching Sweden in the quarter-finals last weekend.

Croatia now stand in the way of Gareth Southgate’s men and a place in their first final since they won the World Cup in 1966.

England have only reached one semi-final since they lifted the trophy on home soil, losing to Germany on penalties in 1990, and they are 13/10 with William Hill to get the better of the Croats on their return to the last-four stage.

Dier says the World Cup has been a much more enjoyable experience, compared to his first taste of an international tournament two years ago, and hopes they have helped to erase the memories of the Iceland debacle.

Dier said: “After the Iceland game we knew things needed to change and there have been a lot of changes since that moment.

“It was a moment where we knew we were extremely disappointed and we knew we couldn’t let that happen again and we wanted that to change.

“We knew that we could only make amends for that moment here at this World Cup and nothing else would fix what happened then.

“That is what we’ve been trying to do. Two years is a long period. It has been a long process since then and a lot has changed. We’ve put everything in place. We’ve learned from our mistakes, which is the most important thing, and we’ve made things right.”