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England's Heaton Earns Place in Clarets' History

Tom Heaton becomes first Burnley goalkeeper to start for England for 59 years

13 June 2017

Tom Heaton became the first Burnley goalkeeper to start a game for England for 59 years as he won his third cap for his country.

Heaton’s full international debut against France in the Stade de France saw him follow in the footsteps of former Clarets’ number-one Colin McDonald.

McDonald won eight England caps and was an ever-present in the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden before injury prematurely ended his career a year after.

Heaton – the fourth Burnley keeper to play for England at senior level – played the first 45 minutes of the 3-2 friendly defeat in Paris.

Tom Heaton England

The Clarets’ captain was beaten twice as France hit back from conceding an early goal to Harry Kane to lead 2-1 before Heaton made way for Stoke City’s Jack Butland at the break, as planned.

But Heaton couldn’t be blamed as he twice made fine saves from an Olivier Giroud header and then an Ousmane Dembele shot, only to be beaten on the rebound by Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe as England’s defence was exposed.

Heaton – joined in the starting line-up by former Burnley team-mate Kieran Trippier as the Tottenham defender made his England debut – also made a smart near-post block from AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe as the Clarets' talisman again outlined his international credentials.

“Both players [Kieran Trippier and Tom Heaton] had some good moments,” said England boss Gareth Southgate.

Heaton kick France

A second goal from England captain Kane, scored from the penalty spot after Raphael Varane was sent off for tripping Dele Alli, made it 2-2 early in the second half.

But Southgate’s side ended their season on a losing note as 10-man France hit a 79th-minute winner when Borussia Dortmund forward Dembele shot low past Butland to become the third of the home side to score his first international goal.

“Both players [Kieran Trippier and Tom Heaton] had some good moments,” added the England boss.

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