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Tarky Gets England Call

Clarets defender named in first post-World Cup squad

30 August 2018

James Tarkowski has been named in England’s squad for their first games since the World Cup Finals.

The Clarets’ defender was forced to withdraw from the stand-by list for the summer’s tournament in Russia – where England reached the semi-finals for only the third time in the country’s history – to undergo a hernia operation.

But after regaining full fitness to start all of Burnley’s Premier League games so far this season, the 25-year-old has been named by manager Gareth Southgate in his 23-man squad for games against Spain and Switzerland.

England face Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League tie at Wembley on Saturday, 8 September before hosting Switzerland in a friendly at Leicester City’s Kingpower Stadium on Tuesday, 11 September.

Tarkowski will report for duty at St George’s Park on Monday and will then be looking to add to the first cap he won in a friendly against Italy in March when the central defender became the 28th Burnley player to appear for England.

Tarkowski – who also started the first three games of the Clarets’ Europa League run and then came off the bench to help Burnley stand firm with 10 men at Olympiakos a week ago– is one of six members of Sean Dyche’s squad away on international duty from next week.

Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward, Kevin Long and Jon Walters are all in the Ireland squad for their double-header against Wales and Poland.

And they will come up against team-mate Sam Vokes at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Vokes named in Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad as both countries start their Nations League campaign on Thursday, 6 September.

Wales then go to Denmark for their second game in the new competition on Sunday, 9 September, with Ireland facing a trip to Poland for a friendly on 11 September.

Robbie Brady has not joined the Ireland party as he continues to build up his match fitness, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson has had to withdraw from the Iceland squad due to the hamstring injury he sustained at Fulham last Sunday.

England squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Dele (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

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