Number of Clarets knocking on England door - Burnley boss Sean Dyche

While Nick Pope is expected to be the only Claret named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad tomorrow, Sean Dyche feels that a number of his group are knocking on the door of the Three Lions manager.

By Chris Boden
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:30 pm
James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski

And he sees no reason why playing for, what some may feel is an ‘unfashionable’ club, such as Burnley should be a barrier to playing for the national side.

Burnley had to wait 42 years from Martin Dobson’s last cap as a Claret in 1974, for their next England international Tom Heaton (three caps 2016-17), and Michael Keane (two caps 2017), Jack Cork (1 cap 2017), James Tarkowski (two caps 2018) and Nick Pope (four caps 2018-) have all been capped during Dyche’s reign.

Former Clarets Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier have also gone on to become full internationals after playing under Dyche at Turf Moor.

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Asked whether the likes of Ben Mee and Tarkowski have been overlooked because they play for Burnley, Dyche said: “I don’t think so, we’ve had Tom Heaton play for England, Nick Pope, Michael Keane, Tarky...

“For a club like Burnley, there hadn’t been many England internationals here for a long time before I got here, and we’ve had a few knocking on the door, just under the radar.

“When he’s on real form and fitness, Charlie Taylor must be at least around the thinking, Ben Mee has been overlooked – I think he’s a fantastic centre half, he’s like the modern day Steve Bruce for me.

“Brucey was a fantastic centre half but never played for England.

“I think Ben over the years has at least deserved to have been in a squad, but that’s how it goes.

“There are other players here who have shown signs...Jack Cork got a cap, the fantastic player that he is.

“So there are different reasons you can argue, other than the fact, just play well, keep playing well, keep knocking on the door by playing well in the Premier League, and eventually you might get noticed.

“Gareth is open-minded to that, he’s been to Turf Moor many times to watch games, so he knows about our players, he knows who I believe in, but it’s down to him to choose who he wants.”