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Heaton On Plane To Portugal

Clarets captain in 23-man squad for Nations League Finals

28 May 2019

Tom Heaton will be part of the England squad looking to win the Nations League next month.

The Clarets’ captain was included in an initial 27-man squad for the finals in Portugal.

And he retained his place as one of three goalkeepers in the party when boss Gareth Southgate named his official 23-man squad for the tournament.

England face the Netherlands in the semi-finals in Guimarães on Thursday 6 June (KO 7.45pm), while hosts Portugal play Switzerland in the other tie the previous day.

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The final and third-place play-off take place on Sunday 9 June, with the final to be played in Porto.

Heaton has made three England appearances and returned to the international fold in March after regaining his place in the Burnley side at the turn of the year.

The 33-year-old won his last England cap in June, 2017 before a dislocated shoulder suffered playing for the Clarets – along with the form of Nick Pope and then Joe Hart – kept out him out of Premier League action for 15 months.

His return helped Sean Dyche’s men win their survival battle and also brought him back into Southgate’s plans for the first time since being placed on stand-by for the 2018 World Cup Finals.

England squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham).

Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

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