Date: 16th May 2016 at 5:40pm
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As it stands Tom Heaton is off to the European Championships this summer.

Southampton’s Fraser Forster returning to fitness cost Heaton his England place in the last squad but the season ending injury to Stoke’s Jack Butland against Germany opened the door again.

Heaton is in the ‘provisional’ 26-man but with three ‘keepers name would be set to keep his place, isn’t he?

Winning his first cap in one of the pre-tournament friendlies against either Turkey at the Etihad Stadium, Australia at the Stadium of Light and finally Portugal at Wembley before England head off to France will be his immediate hopes and aims.

He’s told the Official Website about the ‘great honour’ he’s been given following this call up and how ‘delighted’ he is so he’ll be looking to do his utmost to keep his place in Roy Hodgson’s final selection.

‘I`m delighted to be a part of it with the warm-up games we`ve got coming up and the next step is to try and make sure I`m definitely in that final 23 when it`s chosen. It`s always a great honour to be called up for your country and I`ll give everything I`ve got, every single day to try and be involved in France.’

Colin McDonald was the last Burnley player to play for England at a major international tournament, playing in the 1958 World Cup. In all honesty he’ll do well to play in France but he said just to be in with a chance of going to the European Championships is the kind of thing he dreamt about as he grew up.

Adding.

“I`m told it`s a long time since Burnley had a player make an England appearance at a major tournament and he was a keeper too, so it`s great to be spoken about in that bracket.

“It`s something you dream of growing up as a kid and after winning the league this season on the domestic front, which was top draw the way we went about it, it`s fantastic to be involved with England again with a real chance of going to the finals.”

After 20 cleansheets this season, which clearly helped us to the Championship title, Heaton deserves his chance!

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