Heaton gets England call but Injury rules out Keane
The speculation that goalkeeper Jack Butland would be back in the England squad have proved to be correct and he’s one of four goalkeepers named by Gareth Southgate for the forthcoming games against Scotland and France along with Burnley captain Tom Heaton.
England will face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday 10th June before facing France in a friendly at the Stade de France three days later.
It seems the whole world is more interested in Wayne Rooney being left out than anything else but for us it is the continued inclusion of Heaton yet again while there is disappointment of Michael Keane’s exclusion although that is due to the calf injury that ruled him out of Burnley’s last three games of the season.
We also have particular interest in one of the five Tottenham players called up. I think most of us were surprised to see Kieran Trippier called up but I’m sure anyone with any interest in our club is absolutely thrilled for a player who was terrific for us for four years.
England boss Gareth Southgate said of Tripps: “He’s a player that I’ve watched a lot, from when he was at Burnley. He has had limited game time at Spurs but he fits the profile of a full back that we like. He’s very good with the ball and I like his mentality.
“He’s a player we wanted to bring in so he gets a feel for how we work, and it’s a good opportunity for us to look at him. He and Kyle (Walker) will have been pushing each other every day and, in my opinion, they along with Nathaniel Clyne are the three best right-backs in the country.”
The Full England Squad
Jack Butland (Stoke)
Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
John Stones (Manchester City)
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Jake Livermore (West Brom)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)