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Heaton: I Want To Be Here

22 May 2015

England new-boy Tom Heaton is looking to end the season on a high at Aston Villa, before mounting a Sky Bet Championship title challenge next season.

The 29-year-old stopper received a surprise England call-up from Roy Hodgson yesterday and while he is naturally excited by the prospect of going away with the national side, he insisted that there is business still to be done on the domestic scene.

Heaton was also quick to refute the suggestion that progression to playing regularly for his country would be hampered by playing in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

“The first thing for me is Sunday as we want to finish the season strong against Aston Villa. We know they’re a good side and we’ll be going hard to win.

“From then on it’s an exciting opportunity to go with England and then it will be back here, which is where I want to be, working hard and mounting a serious title challenge next season.

“The journey continues then for me to keep working hard and trying to get better.”

Heaton will face stiff competition in Joe Hart and Robert Green for the number one jersey for the games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

The ex-Manchester United stopper will be reacquainted with the former of that pair from their time at U21 level and that is something which the Clarets stopper is looking forward to.

He added: “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Joe Hart before with the U21s. He was at City when I was at United so we played against each other a few times.

“To be fair I think he is carrying the torch for goalkeepers around the world at the minute in my opinion and he made a stunning save against Swansea the other week.

“He’s been fantastic over a number of years and I can’t speak highly enough of him really.

“I’m looking forward to being reunited with him as he’s setting the standard and that’s what I’ll be aiming for.

“Rob Green as well has had an incredible season at QPR and when we played them at Loftus Road he produced one of the best saves I’ve ever seen live from George Boyd.

"The first step is to get in and put a marker down for what I'm about but there is no expectations in the respect of playing straight away because the competition is tough."

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