Dier’s dream debut

England Under-21s defender Eric Dier enjoyed a dream debut for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday by keeping his cool to fire a late winner against West Ham United on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

The 20-year-old centre-half, playing at right-back by that stage of the game, saw his run forward picked out by Spurs and Under-21s team-mate Harry Kane deep into added time at the Boleyn Ground.

Profile: Eric Dier

Born: Cheltenham, 15/01/94

Clubs: Sporting Lisbon, Everton (youth loan), Tottenham Hotspur

England caps: U18s, U19s, U20s & Under-21s

And when the former Sporting Lisbon man calmly rounded Hammers ‘keeper Adrian to slot home the winning goal against their London rivals, he became an instant hero for the Spurs fans.

“I couldn’t have dreamt that, I’d have been happy with a clean sheet to be honest as I’m not expecting to go up the other end and score but I’m really happy,” said Dier after the game.

“I’m not sure how [he found himself in that position], Andros went outside so I thought I’d run inside and it just happened to fall for me.

“I’d like to score more goals, so I’m happy to have scored today.”

Dier wasn’t the only member of Gareth Southgate’s Under-21s squad to score, as West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino bagged a brace in their 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Hawthorns.

Berahino netted a first-half penalty to cancel out an opener from the Black Cats’ former Under-21s star Lee Cattermole, before putting Albion ahead after the break to complete his first Premier League double. A late goal from Sunderland’s Seb Larsson rescued a point for Gus Poyet’s men though.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in action against Swansea City.

Rooney was on the scoresheet for United against Swansea City

In the day’s early match at Old Trafford, England striker and new Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney opened his account for the season by scoring an acrobatic equaliser against Swansea City.

It wasn’t to be enough though, as Swans’ summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scored at the other end to add to Ki Sung-Yeung’s first-half goal and secure an impressive 2-1 victory for Garry Monk’s side at Old Trafford.

The game also saw United boss Louis Van Gaal hand debuts to England Under-21s forward Jesse Lingard and former U19s defender Tyler Blackett, following on from their impressive performances in pre-season.

United had a strong England influence in Van Gaal’s first game with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young also in the Dutchman’s starting line-up.

Another of Southgate’s Under-21s was in impressive form at the Kingpower Stadium, where defender Liam Moore helped Leicester City to a 2-2 draw with Everton on their return to the top flight.

In the Championship, Charlton Athletic’s England Under-21 midfielder Jordan Cousins opened the scoring at the Valley with a fine goal against Wigan Athletic which was duly cancelled out by former U20s winger Callum McManaman in a game that eventually ended in a 2-1 win for the home side.

And in League One, England U18s midfielder Dele Alli scored for MK Dons in their game at Peterborough United but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at London Road.