James Tarkowski ready to end on a high


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Burnley defender James Tarkowski insists both he and goalkeeper Nick Pope can prove they are good enough for the England squad in the final eight games of the Premier League season.

The centre-back made his international debut on Tuesday night during the 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley.

He completed the full 90 minutes but did give away the penalty as Italy rescued a draw late on through Lorenzo Insigne.

Tarkowski became the 28th Burnley player to represent England but Pope failed to make an appearance in either friendly against the Netherlands or the Azzurri.

He admits the occasion was special and has now switched his attention to the final eight games as he and Pope try and make the plane to Russia.

He told the club’s official website: “I feel very happy overall. Whether you think it’s a penalty or not it’s still disappointing but overall it was a great occasion for myself and my family and a good night for the team.

“To play at Wembley for your country in front of a packed house in games like that, I don’t think you can ask for a bigger occasion.

If it’s in the summer or over the next few years I’ll be more than happy to play for my country again.

“I’ve had a great nine or 10 days with them and really enjoyed myself and hopefully I’ll get that opportunity again at some point.

“We have got ourselves in a nice position and the opportunity is there to go and put a real mark down to show how good we are and we have the final eight games to show that.”

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