Manager Sean Dyche feels a couple of his Burnley squad can count themselves unfortunate to be overlooked by England boss Gareth Southgate.
Dyche has been discussing players who have not made Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for the upcoming games against Bulgaria and Kosovo in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (21) and Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings (26) are two new faces in the Three Lions squad named by Southgate on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Burney defenders James Tarkowski (26) and Ben Mee (29) have been overlooked, with Dyche feeling perhaps age is counting against them now. “Both started the season well. Some players get a bit overlooked as they get older but Gareth Southgate has seen us a lot and we’ve got some good players who deserve recognition and if it comes their way we’ll be delighted for them and delighted for us,” he said.
One Burnley man celebrating the announcement is goalkeeper Nick Pope, one of three shot-stoppers in Southgate’s squad. It’s his first call-up since being included in the World Cup 2018 party that reached the last-four in Russia.
After a season plagued by injury last term, Dyche is pleased to see his ‘keeper back in the international fold. “We’re very pleased, he had a tough season with his injury last season but has come back and fit as well as he has been is good for us and the national team,” he added.
Burnley are 9.00 to beat Liverpool on Saturday at Turf Moor, with the league leaders 1.33 and the draw priced at 5.25.