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Dyche congratulates Burnley keeper Heaton on first England call

Sean Dyche was full of praise for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton on Thursday.

The 29-year old landed his first-ever England call-up for two fixtures in June and the decision of Roy Hodgson to include him in the 24-man squad has been met with applause from Clarets boss Dyche.

"We are absolutely delighted for Tom. Congratulations go to him because it's a huge thing personally, but also for everyone connected with Burnley Football Club," said the Burnley boss of the former Manchester United trainee.

"Tom was my first signing for the club, just after he had been relegated to League One with Bristol City, and here we are two years later with an England player in the squad.

"It's a fantastic journey he has been on with us since then. He's been in consistent form pretty much from day one and fully deserves his chance to show that on the international stage.

"Equally, to become the first player from the club to receive an England call up in (over) 40 years is a big sign that we are on the right track as a club."

England meet the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin on June 7 before heading to Ljubljana to take on Slovenia in Euro2016 qualifying on June 14.

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