Tarkowski feels ‘for­got­ten’ and aims for talks with South­gate

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Foot­ball By Matt Law

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.”

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