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Burnley goalkeeper Heaton reveals inspirational Banks advice

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has revealed inspirational words from the late Gordon Banks.

The Football Association will honour 1966 World Cup hero Banks at the Czech Republic qualifier on Friday night with a minute's appreciation, banners and donations to charity following his death at age 81 last month.

England keeper Heaton revealed: “I was fortunate to meet him a while ago, at my dad's golf course. I had a quick chat with him and he was brilliant towards a young goalkeeper at the time.

“I asked him a few different questions about what sort of advice he would have for me. Only straightforward stuff, but a brilliant moment for me to have such a hero, really, to give me some really good words of advice.

“I was about 20, I think, around about that. It was just along the basis of 'What work you put in, you get out'. As straightforward as that, really.

“That, and I remember him telling me to make sure I enjoyed it. And he is right. You have certainly got to appreciate it. I have found that myself coming back after being out so long, you get an appreciation for being out there and enjoying every moment of it."

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