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Tom Heaton back with England
Tom Heaton back with England

When Tom Heaton became Sean Dyche’s first permanent Burnley signing in the summer of 2013, replacing Derby County bound Lee Grant, I don’t think many Clarets could have envisaged we had signed a player who was to be named in an England squad for the 2016 Euros.

Tom has had three fantastic seasons at Burnley. He’s kept an incredible 49 clean sheets in those three season, including one in the Premier League, and has been an ever present in the league, missing only part of the second half at Brighton in August 2013 when he was ridiculously sent off.

No Burnley player has played for England since Martin Dobson in 1974 and the last Burnley goalkeeper to represent England was Colin McDonald. Heats will surely be given the opportunity to become our next England player in the warm up matches.

To see a Burnley player in any England squad is superb, but to see a Burnley named in an England squad for a tournament really is brilliant news.

Congratulations to the Burnley captain on this well deserved honour.

The squad named is for the three warm up games against Turkey, Australia and Portugal and will need to be reduced to 23 for the Euros. However, that total will not see a reduction in the goalkeepers.

The squad is

Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
John Stones (Everton)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Fabien Delph (Manchester City)
Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
James Milner (Liverpool)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Andros Townsend (Newcastle)
Jack Wilshire (Arsenal)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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