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Gareth Southgate keeps an eye on Tottenham’s Harry Kane but Heaton and Tarkowski steal the show for Burnley

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Gareth Southgate keeps an eye on Tottenham’s Harry Kane but Heaton and Tarkowski steal the show for Burnley

The Spurs talisman made his long-awaited return to fitness but it was the home duo that offered food for thought for the England boss.

England boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley took on Tottenham in the Premier League.

Southgate would have naturally been there to cast an eye towards Harry Kane who was to return from ankle ligament damage.

His captain marked his comeback game with a typically well-taken goal to get Spurs back into the game in the second half.

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His presence wasn’t enough though and the Clarets boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win.

Two men who might have played their way into Southgate’s thinking were goalkeeper Tom Heaton and defender James Tarkowski.

Both were brilliant in the victory, with Heaton, in particular, looking like a player in top form.

According to Who Scored, the Burnley custodian claimed five key saves on a busy afternoon for the ex-Manchester United man.


Heaton lost his place to Joe Hart during the first half of the season, but his return to the side as coincided with an upturn in fortunes for the Clarets.

Southgate will have been delighted with a stunning tip over the bar from a thunderbolt of a strike from Kane.

Who Scored named Tarkowski as their Star Man following four tackles and nine aerial challenges won.

The 26-year-old is still at a good age to receive a genuine chance at international level and his form of late is sound.

Both players have played for England before but both must now force their way back into contention having missed out on the World Cup.

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The national boss wouldn’t have gone to Turf Moor expecting to see such standout performances from the duo but will have been pleasantly surprised.

Southgate has proven in the past that players get in the squad on form and that certainly bodes well for Heaton and Tarkowski.

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