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England Calls Underline Progress

Manager believes latest international call-ups reflect Clarets' approach

16 March 2018

Sean Dyche welcomed the inclusion of James Tarkowski and Nick Pope in the England squad as the Clarets’ conveyor belt of international talent continues to turn.

Tarkowski and Pope were named by Gareth Southgate in his 27-man squad for a friendly double-header against the Netherlands and Italy later this month.

With the World Cup finals in Russia just around the corner it’s a chance for both to stake a late claim for a place on the plane.

And for Dyche, it’s further evidence that the Clarets are heading firmly in the right direction.

The Burnley boss – who has guided the Clarets to seventh place in the Premier League - said: “I’m really pleased for both of them and this is fitting recognition for the season they are having.

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“We talk a lot about the growth of players at the club and Tarky and Popey are both good examples of how players are able to improve and progress here, which is credit to all the staff and their team-mates.

“There are others in the squad who might have been close to selection and it’s another indication of how we are developing and moving things forward as a club.

“They have earned the right to be recognised at this level and we wish them well.”

Central defender Tarkowski and goalkeeper Pope – both 25 – were playing with Championship clubs when the Clarets moved to bring them to Turf Moor in 2016.

The pair have blossomed in the top-flight this season to earn the chance of a first England cap when Southgate’s side goes to Amsterdam to face the Dutch on Friday, 23 March and then faces four-times World Cup winners Italy at Wembley on Tuesday, 27 February.

Tarkowski and Pope will report to St George’s Park next Monday to begin their preparations with the national team and their quest to add their name to the Clarets’ international roll of honour.

Jack Cork became the 27th Burnley player to represent England when he was capped in November, following on from Tom Heaton and Michael Keane who bridged a gap going back to Martin Dobson’s time as an England international in 1974.

And should Tarkowski or Pope feature in the up-coming England games, they will add their names to a list of 16 international players in the Clarets’ first-team squad.

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