Dele Alli and Eric Dier are close friends at Tottenham
Eric Dier has become a key player at Tottenham after joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
The 23-year-old has filled in at centre-back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side following Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury.
Dier was criticsed for his performance in Spurs’ 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday, where he was at fault for one of Sadio Mane’s two goals.
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But England and Spurs team-mate Alli has defended Dier, insisting: “He's still a very young boy, I think people need to remember that.
"He's at the perfect place for that because he's got a support system around him and a manager and a group of players that will take care of him.”
Before the January transfer window, Dier was linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
The Times claimed Dier was unhappy with his game-time at Spurs and was worried about how it could impact on his England chances.
Eric Dier has made 31 appearances for Tottenham this season
But Alli, 20, has called on the former Everton loanee to reject any thought of a move away to stay at White Hart Lane.
"You have to worry about young players sometimes in certain places if they can cope with it and will they be looked after as a 20-year-old boy and not just an asset,” he told Sky Sports.
"I think he's very well looked after here and hopefully he will be for a long time."
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