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14.03.2019 13:07

Sean Dyche delighted with Burnley’s England pair

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is delighted that his Clarets pair of goalkeeper Tom Heaton and defender James Tarkowski have earned recalls to the England squad.

Heaton has been called up for the first time since the summer of 2017, before he sustained the serious shoulder injury that ruled him out for most of last season.

Dyche said: “I think it's another marker. Two very, very professional people doing well, particularly since Christmas with Tarky, I think his form's been very good, and Heats coming back into the side.

"I think it's good that Gareth has recognised him before, and the top-quality professional that he is. And also with Dwight McNeil getting a call-up to the under-20s.

“It's great for Dwight and he continues to earn the right for those things to happen to him.

"It's good for them and good for the club to continue to be recognised at international level, not just for England. That's a big shift from when I first arrived here, that's for sure,” he added.

Heaton had to play second fiddle to Nick Pope at the end of last season, watching his team-mate head to the World Cup instead of him, and was then usurped by Joe Hart this season.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA