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Dyche Flies The Flag

2 March 2018

Sean Dyche admits he is proud of the work being done at Turf Moor to turn players into current and potentially future internationals.

The Clarets entertain Everton on Saturday with goalkeeper Nick Pope the latest Burnley player being touted in the national media for England honours, following on from recent caps for Tom Heaton and Jack Cork.

National coach Gareth Southgate will again be in attendance, with host of English talent on show on both sides in the lunchtime kick off.

And Dyche cites player development as one of the proudest achievements in his Turf Moor reign.

The gaffer said: “The journey here is about winning, but what often gets overlooked is the amount of good work done by my staff and the players themselves.

“Nick (Pope) is a case in example. A very short time ago he was playing at Charlton and they were relegated from the Championship.

“Now, we read he is being considered for England and a possibility for a World Cup. The work that (Goalkeeping Coach) Billy Mercer has put in, also with Tom Heaton, and all my staff here with players like Michael Keane, Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings, Charlie Austin, Andre Gray and, to bring it up to date with Tarky, Ben Mee and Corky.

"All these stories are just as important to me. Not more important by the way, because winning is absolutely vital in how I work and what I believe, but alongside that playing our part in player development is very, very important.

“Sometimes that goes under the radar, but it certainly doesn’t with us because we watch these lads closely and try and help them, with the environment and culture, to be successful not just in their own rights, but also for Burnley Football Club.”

Dyche, who revealed that Heaton is now close to challenging Pope following six months out with a dislocated shoulder, added: “We’ve got the two goalkeepers, ‘Tarky’, Ben Mee and Corky.

“The good thing is that we are trying to achieve here with this group is there is a lot of players who, all of a sudden, look to be in the thoughts of the national set-up - and that wasn’t always the case at Burnley Football Club, so we should all be proud of that.

“If they make it into the national squad, that’s great and if they make it to a big tournament, then that’s out of this world, from where we were five years ago.

“There are certainly individuals here who have earned the right, but being picked is a different thing and that’s up to Gareth.

“I get on well with him, I respect him and I want him to do really well, but he will decide who is up for it and who he feels he could use.

“But what I would say is it’s more in our favour as a football club because we do carry a lot of British, and of course English players.

“They are playing regularly and hopefully putting themselves in the reckoning.”

Dyche, who will welcome Tarkowski back into the squad this weekend, but has an injury doubt over Scott Arfield, is looking forward to locking horns with Sam Allardyce.

Both teams remain in contention for seventh spot in the Premier League, with Burnley currently three points ahead of the Merseysiders.

And the gaffer is not surprised to see Everton’s revival under Allardyce, following their disappointing start to the campaign under former boss Ronald Koeman.

He said: “The implication, after spending a lot of money, is that Everton have to be successful. But we all know that in football it’s very rarely like that, dependent on the enormity of the finance.

“A team still needs to come together and they had a tricky start with that, moulding a new team and making it work.

“They changed their manager, and their style, which can happen, and they’ve got a very, very good manager with a brilliant track record for many years at many different clubs.

“So, what I see there is still a very strong group of players, who have just had more ups and downs than Everton have in the past few years.

“But they will be fighting, and they will want a result, as we do.”

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