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Euro Focus: Tom Heaton

9 June 2016

Roy Hodgson’s men have reason to be optimistic heading into the tournament as the only team to win all 10 games in Euro 2016 qualifying.

A young and vibrant Three Lions squad is packed with players who finished in-form on the domestic scene; Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham) and young Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Joe Hart is likely to be the first choice goalkeeper ahead of Fraser Forster and the Clarets skipper, who made his debut against Australia at the Stadium of Light in the penultimate warm-up fixture.

Should Heaton make an appearance at the European Championships, he will be the first Burnley player to make an appearance for England at a major tournament since goalkeeper Colin McDonald played all four games in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Impressive domestic form saw him keep 20 clean sheets as the Clarets went 23 unbeaten on way to the Sky Bet Championship title and he has been allocated the number 23 shirt for the Three Lions.

England are based in the French town of Chantilly, north of Paris for the tournament and have been training at Stade de Bourgognes ahead of their opening game against Russia in Group B on Saturday.

When and where are they playing?

Saturday 11 June (8pm kick-off) - England v Russia at Stade Vélodrome – Marseille
Thursday 16 June (2pm kick-off) - England v Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis - Lens Agglo
Monday 20 June (8pm kick-off) - Slovakia v England at Stade Geoffroy Guichard - Saint-Etienne

Where can I watch the games?

Saturday 11 June (8pm kick-off) - England v Russia – ITV
Thursday 16 June (2pm kick-off) - England  v Wales - BBC1 and S4C
Monday 20 June (8pm kick-off) - Slovakia v England - ITV

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