Sean Dyche has offered his congratulations to Tom Heaton on behalf of everyone at Burnley Football Club after his England call-up.
Heaton has been named in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man squad for upcoming fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.
And having seen his goalkeeper become the first Claret to earn a full international call for England since 1974, Dyche feels he is more than worthy of his chance on the international stage, after the 29-year-old stopper enjoyed a fantastic debut season in the Premier League.
Dyche said: “We are absolutely delighted for Tom. Congratulations go to him because it’s a huge thing personally, but also for everyone connected with Burnley Football Club.
“Tom was my first signing for the club, just after he had been relegated to League One with Bristol City, and here we are two years later with an England player in the squad.
“It’s a fantastic journey he has been on with us since then. He’s been in consistent form pretty much from day one and fully deserves his chance to show that on the international stage.”
Dyche also believes that the recognition Heaton has received is a sign that the club as a whole are on the right track.
He added: “Equally, to become the first player from the club to receive an England call up in 40 years is a big sign that we are on the right track as a club.
“Among the obvious disappointment of not maintaining our Premier League status, there are some very big positives for this football club and this is one of them.
“Tom’s achievement encapsulates all that is positive about the club at present.
“The whole profile of the club has been recognised and the fact we now have an England player shows that we are alive and kicking.”