BURNLEY defender James Tarkowski says an England call would be a dream come true - but admits he may have an international dilemma should Poland come calling.

The 25-year-old has impressed for the Clarets in the Premier League this term and has been touted as a possible call-up into Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for March friendlies with Holland and Italy.

But Manchester-born Tarkowski is also eligible to play for Poland through his paternal grandfather and with the Poles, like England, qualifying for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, the former Brentford man is leaving the door open to a call from the east.

“There’s been discussions, mainly just between me and family about what I would want to do,” said Tarkowski on a potential Polish place.

“I see myself as English so that was always my first thought but at some point in your career you have to maybe acknowledge that there are other opportunities elsewhere which I may have to at some point but for now I am concentrating on my club football and go from there.

“I will have to sit and wait and see what happens. If they want to call me up then I will obviously have to a decision to make.

“I don’t know that they are thinking,. They are proud of the Polish people in terms of they want full Polish blood.

“I think they want to try and keep it that way, if they are struggling in a position or looking elsewhere then maybe they will look my way but for now I am just happy where I am.”

Tarkowski has been a near ever-present for the Clarets this season having joined the club from Brentford in 2016.

He has not played for England at any age-group level but admits pulling on the Three Lions jersey is the ideal scenario should his career reach the international stage.

“Yeah of course, that is every boys dream and that is what I ideally want to do,” he added.

“That is all you want to go growing up is play football and play for your country.”

And with Michael Keane, Tom Heaton and Jack Cork having earned England caps while representing the Clarets in the last two seasons, and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate a regular watcher of Burnley, Tarkowski knows he is in the shop window.

“I have got a chance in some form, how much of a chance I am not too sure,” he said.

“My position is probably one of the stronger positions around the pitch at the moment, especially in England there seems to be a lot of centre halves doing well.

“You have just got to do what you can do, you can’t hope too much on it, you have to do your job at your club and if it comes then I’ll happily head over there.”

He added: “The way things are going here (at Burnley) we keep want to be moving forward, as a squad we all want to move forward.

“The England manager has been down to a few games and has called up a couple of lads before - Keano, Corky and Heats - so obviously it is something he is starting to look at a bit more.

“I am happy concentrating on Burnley at the moment. If you are not playing well for your club then you are never going to be called up. If it comes it comes if it doesn’t I am more than happy here.”

Burnley are almost certain to be represented at the World Cup by at least two players with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Steven Defour regulars with Iceland and Belgium respectively while Heaton, if fit, and Cork have outside chances of making the England squad and the likes of Ben Mee and Tarkowski could still force their way into Southgate’s thinking.

And the former Oldham man says playing in a World Cup would be a huge honour.

“Johann and Steven are off to the World Cup. They are pretty much in the squad as it is unless something happens to them so it is nice for them to go and experience that,” Tarkowski added.

“Corky has been involved now so hopefully he will get the call up as well because he has done really well for us so far. Everyone wants to experience a World Cup.”