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Tarkowski Is An England Man

Clarets defender called up for Nations League matches

4 October 2018

James Tarkowski has been named in England’s squad for the next stage of their Uefa Nations League campaign.

The Clarets’ defender retains his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the group games against Croatia and Spain.

Tarkowski won his second England cap during the last international break in a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland and, despite picking up a knock which forced him to come off during the Clarets’ Premier League win at Cardiff City last Sunday, has been included in a 25-man squad.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said the 25-year-old will require a fitness check ahead of the Clarets' game against Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on Saturday but has welcomed another England call for the centre-back.

“James continues to improve and raise his performance levels," said Dyche.

“We had a tricky start to the season but he has certainly kept going strong, along with Ben Mee.

“I think Tarky deserves to be called up again and we’re hopeful he will be involved.

“He had to come off last weekend but the injury has settled down.

“As everyone will know, he had a minor hernia operation in the summer and there was a bit of tightness there, so he made the professional decision to come off.”

England’s fixture in Croatia on Friday, 12 October – a repeat of the summer’s World Cup semi-final in Russia – will take place behind closed doors.

And England then go to Sevilla to face Spain on Monday, 15 October looking to reverse last month’s result at Wembley when the Spaniards left with the points from a 2-1 win.

Tarkowski is the only Burnley player selected by Southgate, who England confirmed has signed a new contract at national team boss running to 2022, with Jordan Pickford, Alex McCarthy, Jack Butland and Marcus Bettinelli the four goalkeepers named.

Current Clarets' number-one Joe Hart will therefore not get the chance to add to his 75 caps following his impressive start to the season at Turf Moor.

But Southgate insisted he has not called time on the 31-year-old's international career.

The England boss said: "This squad is continuity from our squad last month. We don't need to see Joe in a game to see what he can do.

"I think it’s great he looks settled at Burnley, so we are looking at some other young goalkeepers who we need to know more about. There is no way long-term Joe is ruled out."

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (on loan at Derby County from Chelsea), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford, (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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