​Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier says he is relishing the chance to lineup against former Spurs team-mate Paulinho, as England host Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening.


Speaking the club's ​official website, Dier admitted he was looking forward to the potential of playing with the Brazilian midfielder - this time on the opposing side -  whilst reflecting on the journey the Barcelona man has been on in recent years.

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Dier said: “He’s been on a world tour, hasn’t he? He’s gone from China, now back to Europe with Barcelona.


It’s great that he’s in the Brazil squad and at Barcelona - it’s fantastic for him and it’ll be nice to see him again. It’s always enjoyable when you play against players who you’ve shared a locker room with - to meet them further down the line is always nice."

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Both Dier and Paulinho were in the Spurs side during the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, before the then 26-year-old made the surprise switch to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande in June 2015.


La Blaugrana then further raised eyebrows with a move for Paulinho, which saw the player return to Europe score three goals in 10 appearances in Catalonia.


Whilst many have been surprised in regard to Paulinho's globe-trotting career across the footballing world, he is clearly a player to raise the interest of many a club. 

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Dier also sees the worth of his former club-mate also, and ahead of their reunion at his current temporary north London home, wishes him the best - after facing off on Tuesday.


“He’s done very well in the last few years and I’m really happy for him", Dier said. "He was always very good to me when I first arrived at Spurs - we spent one season together and he’s a really nice guy.”