Shattered Dier needs ‘sleep’

Eric Dier says he needs a good sleep before going to the Qatar World Cup – because a “crazy” Premier League schedule has left him shattered.

Dier said: “It’s a strange situation. Like a week or so, nine days and it all starts.

“I can’t believe it is starting. I just want to go home and go to sleep!

“It’s been a really tough period, I don’t even know how long it’s been. It feels like a year but it’s been about six weeks.

“It’s been really tough for everyone, at every club, players, staff and medical departments, coaching staff.

“It’s been a tough period and I’m just really happy to get through it with no injuries. We have done well to get through it in the way that we have.

“Disappointed with a few results towards the end, but everyone has experienced that – you look at Man City as they lost. It’s been a tough period for everyone.

“Of course, the schedule is crazy, I have never experienced anything like it in my life. Playing every three days for I don’t know how long it has been – it’s unheard of.

“So, obviously it has been tough for everyone. But that’s been the situation.”