Eric Dier seems as baffled as everyone else after reading some of the nominations for the Ballon d’Or.
Among the usual suspects of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann, Jamie Vardy featured as perhaps the biggest surprise name in the 30-man shortlist.
While Vardy undoubtedly deserves some recognition for scoring the goals that won Leicester the Premier League title last season, it’s a little odd that there was no place for Golden Boot winner Harry Kane.
Vardy and Kane may not be the most spectacular of strikers, but if it’s all about goals, then the Spurs man should surely have been in with a shout.
His Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier clearly thinks so, though he insists Kane’s confidence hasn’t been knocked by his omission from the shortlist.
“Leicester won the Premier League but that doesn’t mean to say Harry should miss out,” Dier told the Evening Standard.
“To be top scorer in the League after the slow start he had (Kane scored just once in his first nine League games) was a brilliant achievement.
“He could have been on that list, though I am sure he is not too bothered about it. We have many players who can be on it in the future, though, if they want to. It is a matter of working hard and trying to improve.”
Kane is expected to return to action soon, having been out since September with ankle ligament damage.
Spurs have dearly missed his goalscoring, once again lacking a cutting edge in the 2-1 cup defeat at Liverpool.