England defender Eric Dier admits his expertise of the World Cup has been tarnished by the controversy surrounding host nation Qatar. With England’s opening sport in opposition to Iran simply two days away, Dier would often have been quizzed about his workforce’s World Cup problem when he confronted the media on Saturday. However as an alternative the 28-year-old, enjoying in his second World Cup, was peppered with questions concerning the host of points involving Qatar which have overshadowed the build-up to the match.
To his credit score, the erudite Dier did not shirk the potential public relations minefield.
He tackled the deaths of migrant staff throughout World Cup building initiatives, the late choice to ban alcohol from most areas of stadiums and the row over whether or not or not workforce captains will put on ‘OneLove’ rainbow armbands.
“It is extraordinarily tough for us as gamers. We all know these matters are going to be addressed,” Dier instructed reporters at England’s coaching camp in Doha.
“A whole lot of issues have already occurred, issues which can be very disappointing. They are going to all the time be on my thoughts.
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“Within the constructing of the stadiums for instance. Clearly that is a horrible state of affairs.
“After all it is taken rather a lot away (from the match), as a result of we’re sitting right here speaking about it as an alternative of the soccer. However we will not cover from it. It is right here. It could be mistaken to disregard it.”
On the choice by FIFA and Qatari officers to ban alcohol from stadiums, besides in hospitality areas for high-paying spectators, Dier stated: “Personally I might wish to suppose you may get pleasure from your self with out alcohol.
“It is as much as us on the pitch to supply the leisure. That is what will create the ambiance within the stadiums.”
‘Rules and values’
England captain Harry Kane remains to be set to put on a ‘OneLove’ armband in opposition to discrimination regardless of FIFA asserting plans for its personal armband in a rustic the place same-sex relationships are criminalised.
FIFA confirmed its armbands can be worn as a part of a partnership with United Nations businesses.
However the Soccer Affiliation, who’re understood to be in search of readability on whether or not the armbands could be worn collectively, are believed to be able to assist the ‘OneLove’ marketing campaign regardless
Such divisive matters can take gamers out of their consolation zone and Dier stated: “We’re footballers, not politicians. When the World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010, I used to be 16 on the time.
“These selections are made by folks manner above us. We are the ones who find yourself sitting right here having to reply these questions. As a workforce we can’t change our rules and values.”
Regardless of all of the controversy, Dier remains to be completely satisfied to be on the World Cup after he was left of the England squad that completed as European Championship runners-up final yr.
“After I missed out on the Euros squad it was one of many worst moments of my profession. I used to be extraordinarily motivated to get again in and be right here on the World Cup,” he stated.
“We’re all human. I might be mendacity if I stated I did not suppose that it was a chance I would not go. These ideas undergo your thoughts.
“In some ways it was good for me. It propelled me to play the very best soccer of my profession.”
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