England’s 3-0 victory over Wales at Wembley on Thursday night will have been a source of pride for many Burnley fans.
A number of current and ex-Clarets were involved in the Three Lions’ comfortable victory in the international friendly.
No fewer than 4 players associated with Burnley made Gareth Southgate’s starting XI, with Kieran Trippier, now of Atletico Madrid, donning the captain’s armband.
Trippier spent four years at Turf Moor, playing 170 league games for the Clarets before making the switch to Spurs in 2015.
Michael Keane, who joined the club on a permanent basis from Manchester United that same year, also started on the left of a 3-man defence against Ryan Giggs’ side.
Keane has formed a part of an impressive Everton unit so far in the Premier League this season, with the Toffees currently top of the table – and it was teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin who opened the scoring for England.
There has been lots of debate about who England’s first choice goalkeeper should be, with the pressure building on another Evertonian in Jordan Pickford – but Clarets fans will have been pleased to see Nick Pope on the team sheet on Thursday.
Manchester United’s Dean Henderson has also been impressive in recent times, but nobody can deny the fact that Pope’s performances for Burnley have warranted him the opportunity to wear the England shirt.
A clean sheet will be a massive boost for the goalkeeper, who even shook off a nasty looking knee to the jaw when sliding at the feet of Wales striker Kieffer Moore.
Conor Coady bagged England’s second of the night in the 3-0 win, but it was former Claret Danny Ings who rounded off the scoring in impressive fashion.
The striker reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box from a corner and converted with a skilful overhead kick from 6 yards.
Those types of finishes and his subsequent form for Southampton shows why is still thought fondly of by many at Turf Moor.
Pope, Keane, Trippier and Ings.
Not bad for a small mill town in Lancashire.