Date: 31st May 2016 at 6:29pm
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With Roy Hodgson’s announcement of the final 23 man squad that will travel to France for the European Championships, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has spoken of his delight at making his international bow for England as a substitute in the recent friendly against Australia.

Playing his part in seeing out the two one victory, coming on for Southampton’s Fraser Forster very late on in the 87th minute of the game, he became the first Burnley player since 1974 to be capped by England and with 20 clean sheets as we stormed to the Championship title and a Premiership return this year – he deserved the moment.

Speaking to the Official Site after making his bow, he explained it was an ‘incredible feeling’.

‘It`s incredible, and a very proud moment for me. It`s been quite a long journey so I`m delighted to get on the pitch and get that cap. It wasn`t definite but there was talk of it this week that I might get some time. I prepared the best I possibly could for when the time came and thankfully that was tonight. I`m proud of the achievement of being the first England player since 1974 to be capped at Burnley. It’s been quite a journey after leaving United a few years and playing every level of league football. It`s great to get to this level and play so I`m over the moon.’

Having found himself in the final 23 today, having completed the set of representing England from Under 16 to 21 levels and making a senior appearance, he also becomes the first Burnley player to potentially make a major tournament appearances since the 1958 World Cup.

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