Clarets duo in England squad

Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton

Clarets pair Tom Heaton and Michael Keane have been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Auld Enemy Scotland and Spain

Interim boss Southgate was at Turf Moor to see Burnley beat Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday, and watch Heaton and Keane in person, with Sean Dyche admitting after the game: "I'd be surprised if he didn't think Keano did well today, that's for sure, and Heats as well. Both centre halves were excellent again."

England host Scotland at Wembley on Friday in a World Cup qualifier, before entertaining Spain in a friendly the following Tuesday.

Heaton, in the form of his life, will look to add to his solitary cap for his country, while for Keane, a late replacement for Stoke City's Glen Johnson in the last squad for the games with Malta and Slovenia, it is the first time he has been named in a full squad initially.

Keane said yesterday: "It would be a dream come true. It was special last time, it was my best feeling in football when I got the call-up, but to be in the initial squad would be even better and I feel like I’d have deserved it even more."