Tarkowski feels ‘forgotten’ and aims for talks with Southgate
James Tarkowski has admitted he does not know what more he can do to get back into the England squad, and revealed he may ask manager Gareth Southgate why he has been ignored for two years.
In an exclusive interview with
The Daily Telegraph, Tarkowski also addressed his Burnley future and desire to play in the Champions League.
He was statistically the best English central defender last season, but was omitted from Southgate’s squad for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark despite Harry Maguire having to be dropped from the group.
“I do feel a little bit like I’ve been forgotten about,” Tarkowski said.
“Maybe I’ll try to get some feedback and see where they think I need to improve. My goal will still be to be involved [in the European Championship]. I haven’t given up on that.”
On his Burnley future, the 27-year-old said: “I am coming into my prime years and I want to go for the top level. If that opportunity came, I don’t think it is something I could turn down.”
Despite not having Tarkowski among his five central defenders, Southgate is considering switching to a three-man back line for tomorrow night’s game against Denmark.
Southgate has favoured a 4-3-3 system since the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when England reached the semi-finals by playing three at the back. But, asked whether he would switch to a back three for the Denmark game and consider major changes, Southgate said: “We knew there were so many question marks coming into the camp. It is a bit of a ‘needs must’, but I think it is healthy in terms of the way we want to play. We can’t just be rigid.”
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse said: “I think it’s a great string for us to have to our bow that we’re able to change formations.”