Eric Dier of England has reacted angrily to those who dismiss footballers as chubby brats.
“Being judged on how I play football, I don’t have a problem with that,” the Spurs star, who turns 28 today, said on a podcast.
“However, I have a larger issue with how footballers are viewed.”
“It only takes one stupid act by a 22-year-old boy to start a chain reaction.”
“This does not imply that it is correct. I’d say, ‘You idiot,’ if he did it a second time.
“However, making mistakes at that age is natural.”
Many players were intelligent and interesting, said Dier, who speaks Portuguese and has raised capital for a dining app.
“You look at their cars,” he continued, “but they were the most disciplined, hardworking, and committed from the age of eight.”