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Dier backs his club and country teammate Dele Alli to return to form this term.

Alli's future is still in doubt as he continues to be left out of Spurs' first team, playing just six games so far for the North London club.

Eric Dier backs Dele Alli to bounce back to form. [Getty]
Eric Dier backs Dele Alli to bounce back to form. [Getty]

Midfielder Eric Dier says teammate Dele Alli has what it takes to revive his career at Tottenham Hotspur.

Dier hailed Alli's attributes, adding that it is really up to his England teammate 'to put in the work, the effort, and the commitment' to bounce back to form again for the Lilywhites.

The midfielder Alli, who has been out of Spurs' first team under manager Jose Mourinho, was linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and LaLiga giants Real Madrid during the previous transfer window, but the move failed to materialise.

"Yeah, of course Dele has the capacity, we all know his quality, we all know what he brings – he's shown that in the past," Dier said.

"It's really up to him to put in the work, the effort, the commitment and I'm sure he will do that.

"That's who he is, he's always had that drive. It's up to him, it's in his hands and it's in all of our hands.

"Individually, we all have to perform, we've got a very big squad and we all have to perform at the highest level if we want to play."

Spurs returned to winning ways as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday, moving them to just two points adrift of champions Liverpool in the league.

However, Dier says he is pleased with the confidence across the Tottenham squad.

"We're happy with where we are but we could be happier. If you look at some games - the Newcastle game with the penalty was very difficult to understand," the 26-year-old added.

"The Everton game wasn't acceptable and then the West Ham game was the same, [it was] really frustrating to be 3-0 up and it was really important for us to get off the mark at home, get the win.

"Obviously we've improved massively away from home which was really our downfall last season.

"It's great to be up and running with a win at home now and we'll just look to keep working hard, keep pushing forward.

"It's very early on but our motivation is clear. For us, we're going into every game to try and win. We know that's not possible but that's our ambition. We're going into every game, no matter the competition believing we can win."

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