Ferdinand slams Allardyce’s shock claim over Dier and Busquets

Rio Ferdinand has dismissed Sam Allardyce’s shock claim that Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is “no better than Eric Dier”.

Tottenham ’s England midfielder impressed in the Three Lions’ shock 3-2 win in Spain on Monday night.

Busquets, playing alongside Thiago Alcantara and Saul Niguez in midfield, was overwhelmed as England counter-attacked to stunning effect in a remarkable first-half performance.

Dier’s display, in particular, led Allardyce to say on radio station Talksport: “The praise about Busquets must be stopped. It was never evident [on Monday] night, he looked out of sorts. He’s no better or worse than Eric Dier, for me.

“Busquets is a sitting midfield player who breaks up play, intercepts, passes it very quickly and is intelligent. That’s what he is. He’s not much more than that, but he gets a lot of praise for it.

“Whereas Eric Dier does a similar job, but sometimes gets loads of criticism for it. He [Dier] has got the capability of being that.

“Busquets has been a great player for Spain and Barcelona , don’t get me wrong. He’s a very effective player and is the first pick for every manager because he plays such a simple game.

“But we laud him as a genius, whereas our own we don’t, we criticise. Eric Dier was far better than Busquets [on Monday] night.”

But Ferdinand leapt to the defense of Barcelona’s highly-decorated, World Cup-winning midfielder. Busquets has also clinched seven Spanish titles, three Champions Leagues the European Championships within his incredible haul.

Former defender Ferdinand said: “Come on Big Sam!! Busquets has been the best holding midfielder for years and been an integral part in Barcelona and Spain’s most successful periods….”he’s no better than Eric Dier”.

“With all due respect Eric Dier himself would be embarrassed with that comment!"

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