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pope tarkowskiEngland have two prestigious internationals coming up this month against the Netherlands and Italy as we build up to the World Cup, and both Nick Pope and James Tarkowski have been called up for the first time.

What a story it is for both of them. Tarkowski hadn’t started a Premier League game until and injury to Ben Mee saw him play the last four games of the 2016/17 season whilst goalkeeper Nick Pope got his first start in the Premier League at Anfield in September of this season following the injury to Tom Heaton.

Two years ago, or just over, both were playing in the Championship. Tarkowski moved to Burnley from Brentford in the January transfer window of 2016 and Pope followed in the summer having played his last game for Charlton against Burnley at The Valley as we clinched the Championship title.

This season, both of them have turned in performances of the highest quality for us and both have ensured that Michael Keane, who moved to Everton, and Heaton have not been missed anything like as much as we thought they might have been.

It’s brilliant news for them personally above everything else, it’s brilliant news for our football club, for Sean Dyche and his coaching staff, and everyone with an interest in Burnley Football Club. I’m sure everyone will join me in sending them congratulations on their first call ups.

The disappointments for us are that Ben Mee hasn’t been included and neither has Jack Cork who made his England debut during the last international break.

The first of the two games is against the Netherlands and will be played on Friday 23rd March at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam with the Italy game at Wembley on the following Tuesday.

The Full Squad

Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Jack Butland (Stoke)
Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)
Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Jake Livermore (West Brom)
Harry Maguire (Leicester)
Alfie Mawson (Swansea)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
John Stones (Manchester City)
James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Ashley Young (Manchester United)

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