James Tarkowski is determined to work harder than ever as he bids to put the disappointment of missing out on the latest England squad behind him.

The centre half has two caps for his country, but despite his fine start to the new Premier League season, he hasn’t been included for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Nick Pope was the only Burnley player to make the cut for the squad, as he is joined by former Clarets Tom Heaton and Kieron Trippier.

“I feel good, I have had a full pre-season behind me and I have come back in really good shape,” said Tarkowski.

“That has allowed me to get to the level of performance that I want. I have still got to prove myself at this level and that is what I am looking to do.

“I am always looking to improve and I still feel like I am at an age where I have progress to make and I will be looking to do that as well.

“I am always looking to be see if I I am going to be involved, I always feel as though I am working hard enough especially recently, I feel like I have been performing well.

“I have not made it, which is obviously disappointing, but that shows I still have to work to do and I will be working as hard as ever to show that.

“I am sure the England manager will be watching me amongst many other players, I have just got to keep performing and show what I can do.”

Former Clarets defender Michael Keane was joined by Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings in the squad. Trippier, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Spurs full back Danny Rose and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell are the defensive options after Aaron Wan-Bissaka withdrew through injury.

Tarkowski said: “I listened to the interview from my manager (Sean Dyche) the other day about how many lads who are English have been performing well (for Burnley), this season and in other seasons.

“We have Popey in there at the moment so I am sure there is plenty of other lads looking to get involved themselves.

“I think the competition throughout the squad is high and the manager has a difficult job to pick from players deserving an opportunity to be in there.

“He has obviously seen it as an opportunity to give someone new a chance so that is his decision, he is the manager and that is what he is there to do.

“I only concentrate on myself, I know how well I am playing at the moment and how well I feel and I just have to concentrate on my football.”

Burnley next take on Brighton, Norwich City and Aston Villa before Southgate names his next group of players for next month’s trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Tarkowksi said: “There is always the next squad and the squad after that to go and show what you can do so I have to concentrate on myself and the team I play for. I am really enjoying my football at the moment.”