Date: 22nd March 2017 at 4:07pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has said that Burnley long term game when it comes to our overall development is clearly aiding England’s international hopes with Michael Keane potentially the next man up to make his bow.

England are at the Signal Iduna Park later this evening to face Germany, and Keane could be in line to make his international bow after being included in the last three squads, and manager Sean Dyche was speaking to the Official Site earlier today and he felt that Burnley’s long term approach to development and improving players clearly had benefits at that level as well – especially when you factor in Tom Heaton in the group – and not just England, this break we have seven players in action for their country.

‘I`m pleased at a lot of the players here for developing. Some will catch the headlines, like Keano, because of what he`s done, particularly this season. But people seem to forget. It wasn`t; he came here two years ago. There has been a depth to his development. It`s not been overnight. Sometimes its misrepresented about some of these players. It takes time sometimes for these players to develop into what they are going to be. And unfortunately, due to the harsh side of football they don`t always get time, managers that is. They don`t always get time to see these players develop long term.’

Dyche is now the seventh longest serving manager in the country and that sounds as ridiculous to read as it does to type.

‘I`ve been fortunate through my staff and from the players that we`ve had success enough to allow me the chance – ¬≠and the work my staff do with them – to hopefully rub off on some of these players. Keano`s a good example of that, Tom Heaton is another one. There are various examples. It`s not just them two. But there are two that are quite obvious about how they have moved forward with their own careers, how they have moved forward with Burnley and are now being recognised on the international scene.’

With a heavy England angle on this, Dyche was also asked for his thoughts on Gareth Southgate who takes charge for the first time as permanent England manager after his caretaker spell in charge last November, and our gaffer wished him the very best of success.

‘I spoke openly about it at the time. One of the man points I found with him being in the system for so long, and understanding the FA and how to work with the U21s etc, was for that pathway to end up with a chance of being England manager. I think there was a common-sensical view and beyond that we want him to do well. We want an English manager to be recognised full-stop, particularly at international level of course. We certainly will be supporting him as best we can.’

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