Eric Dier eases fears over his fitness after having his thigh strapped up during England's first session in Russia
- England midfielder Eric Dier had his left thigh strapped up during training
- Dier claimed the support was a precautionary measure after a prior injury
- Raheem Sterling is fine despite concerns over a collision with Dier
By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline
Published: 11:42 EDT, 13 June 2018 | Updated: 11:49 EDT, 13 June 2018
Eric Dier has allayed fears of his fitness after completing England's first training session in Russia with strapping on his left thigh.
The Tottenham midfielder finished the session in Zelenogrsk, but the fact he wore strapping raised concerns over his fitness ahead of Monday's opener against Tunisia.
But speaking after training, Dier insisted the extra support was precautionary for a previous injury.
Eric Dier had his left thigh strapped up during England's first training session in Russia
'It is just a superstition more than anything now. It's just because I've had a problem with my leg and it's cleared up now.
'But I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven't stopped wearing it yet. I will eventually!"
Dier is battling it out with Jordan Henderson for a place in England's midfield for the clash against Tunisia in five days time.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is fine following an accidental collision with Dier.
The midfielder has had it strapped up since a previous injury and has kept it as a precautionary