James Tarkowski is determined to get over the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup by forcing his way into the England side. The Burnley defender was originally on the stand-by list for Russia this summer but never made it to the tournament after deciding to undergo a hernia operation.
He’s now fit and has already impressed for the Clarets this season, scoring two goals in four Premier League games, while he also featured in the club’s five Europa League qualifiers.
Tarkowski has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Saturday’s Nations League opener against Spain and the friendly against Switzerland on Tuesday and he will hope to add to his one cap at some point.
The 25-year-old knows dislodging first-choice defenders Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones, who all shone in the World Cup, will be difficult but he’s keen to take his chance if it arrives.
“If there is an extra spot available, obviously it gives me a better chance to be part of the squad,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think it is pretty obvious with how well the lads did in the World Cup that they were the three lads who played throughout and did well so they have got those positions.
“I am here to help push them and if I can push them and find myself a spot than so be it, but I’m here to be part of the squad and help the team as much as I can.”