England’s 0-0 draw with Slovakia means they advance into the knockout stages of Euro 2016, but as Group B runners-up.
This means they arguably face a tougher route to tournament success compared to if they were group winners and could face Portugal in the next round, with the Three Lions priced at 19/10 to be knocked out in the last 16.
However, another cause for concern arose during the stalemate with the Falcons-the lack of cover for Eric Dier.
The Tottenham midfielder has looked quality in his three appearances in France, making the defensive-midfield role his own.
He went down with a knock partway through the Slovakia showdown, but was able to carry on, and this raises the question; who would act as the temporary replacement for the 22-year-old in the knockout rounds?
Every other position on the pitch seemingly has a tailor-made replacement waiting in reserve, except this one.
None of the midfielders selected by Roy Hodgson could fulfil Dier’s role, with Jack Wilshere, who would be the most likely to step in, showing that he would be incapable through his performance against Slovakia.
The Arsenal man misplaced eight passes, made just one tackle and didn’t intercept the ball at any point.
These attributes would be crucial to stepping into the holding midfield spot, with Dier on a pass success rate of 89.5% and managing 1.7 tackles and interceptions per game at Euro 2016.
Furthermore, the former Sporting Lisbon man only missed two games for Spurs across all competitions in 2015/16, with the Premier League outfit failing to win either of those matches, while they were successful in 51% of the 51 outings he took part in.
Therefore, the Three Lions have to be worried about losing Dier and this also calls into question the decision not to give Danny Drinkwater a seat on the plane.
The Leicester City man averaged more tackles per game than any other English midfielder in the Premier League last term, racking up three, and would have been able to fill in if the worst came to the worst.
Instead, Hodgson will have to call upon James Milner, Jordan Henderson or Wilshere to adapt to an unfamiliar role if Dier’s lack of a rest eventually catches up with him