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​Burnley keeper Tom Heaton: The hunger to play for England never left me

Burnley shot-stopper Tom Heaton has revealed that he has always maintained his goal of playing for England despite the roadblocks in his career.

Before joining the Clarets in 2013, Heaton was at Manchester United, but spent most of his time out on loan.

The 31-year old had spells at Swindon, Antwerp, Cardiff, QPR, Rochdale, Wycombe and Bristol City before moving to Turf Moor.

"Obviously I have played across all four divisions," said Heaton. "The ambition never left me, that hunger to play for England.

"It might have felt, for other people, a long way off at certain times, playing down in League Two, but I never lost that belief.

"It is a different sort of journey to a lot of lads, but I am proud of that journey. Started at United, left, went away, sort of worked back up to the Premier League. I wouldn't change it.

"It is what it is. I like to think it stands me in good stead in terms of the experiences and perhaps the mental side of it."

Andrew Maclean
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