during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Aberdeen and Burnley at Pittodrie Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski missed the World Cup due to an injury and now he’s ready to fight for places in the England team.
Southgate picked Tarkowski in his five-man standby list for the World Cup but the defender withdrew after going under the knife for a hernia problem.
Tarkowski has recovered well and is back now in the England squad. He has already made nine appearances for Burnley.
“Obviously it was a disappointment,” Tarkowski speaking about missing the World Cup, told Sky Sports, via BT Sport.
“Anyone missing out on the World Cup would be disappointed but I knew the position I was in and something needed to be doing in July so I just thought I would bite the bullet, as they say, and it got me right so I started the season well and got back into the squad.
Tarkowski spoke of his chances in the England team and spoke of his readiness to challenge Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones for a place in the team.
“If there is an extra spot available, obviously it gives me a better chance to be part of the squad.
“I quite enjoyed the game I played in a three at the back against Italy and so I don’t think it is something that will go against me, if there is an opportunity for a spot there for me, I am going to try and take it.
“I think it is pretty obvious with how well the lads did in the World Cup that they were the three lads who played throughout and did well so they have got those positions.
“I am here to help push them and if I can push them and find myself a spot than so be it, but I’m here to be part of the squad and help the team as much as I can.”
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