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Burnley defender Tarkowski maintains England dream

James Tarkowski is determined to realise his dream of playing in a major tournament with England.

The Burnley defender narrowly missed out on Gareth Southgate's squad that made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.

"At this stage I'm just getting my teeth in to it a little bit. I'm still learning about the style and the way they're wanting me to play there," he said.

"It's very different from the way we are here but I like both ways of working. It's a way of adding more strings to your bow, being able to try something a bit different. I'm just looking to enjoy the experience but I want to be a part of it and do the best that I can.

"It would be the dream to go to a major tournament. I saw how much Popey enjoyed it in the summer and I just missed out on that.

"It was disappointing but I've come a long way in a year and I'm still looking to move forward and push on. I'll enjoy my time while I'm with them, because it could be short-lived, but I've got to take advantage of it as well. It's any lads dream to be involved."

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