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Tarky Targets Spain After Pain

7 September 2018

James Tarkowski is eager for another chance to impress after being involved again in England squad.

The Clarets defender, who made his Three Lions debut against Italy in March, was placed on stand-by for the World Cup in Russia: later withdrawing to undergo minor summer surgery on a hernia.

The fit-again 25-year old defender has now been selected in Gareth Southgate’s first squad of the new season, as England prepare to take on Spain at Wembley in their UEFA Nations League curtain-raiser.

Tarkowski, who joined up with the rest of the Three Lions this week at St. Georges Park, said: “It’s nice to get that call up again so I’ll see how things go.

"It’s always great to be a part of the set-up, to represent your country

“I think it’s exciting to be involved, even if it’s just watching from the sidelines and the way England are playing, as fan as much as a player, it’s great to be a part of.

“What more can you ask for as a footballer, than to play for your country against Spain at a sold-out Wembley?

"There’s no motivation needed there but I’m sure the lads are looking forward to it”

England follow up Saturday's game by facing  Switzerland in an international friendly at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

And the former Brentford defender is keen to show Southgate he is now ready to step up after iOS surgery and challenge for a centre-back spot. 

Tarkowski added: “Obviously it was a disappointment.

“Anyone missing out on the World Cup would be disappointed, but I knew the position I was in and something needed to be done in July, so I just thought I would bite the bullet, as they say, and it got me right, so I started the season well and got back into the squad.

“I spent a lot of time in the summer with my friends watching the football and I enjoyed what I was watching. It was a great time to be an England fan and there was a great atmosphere around the country, so even to be a small part of that squad was a great opportunity."

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