Tom Heaton grateful for Sean Dyche's faith
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Tom Heaton has praised manager Sean Dyche for keeping the faith in the England goalkeeper after he made his 100th appearance for Burnley in Friday night's victory.

Having joined from Bristol City back in May of 2013, Heaton has played a large role in the recent improvement at the club and is aiming to continue his career with Burnley.

Heaton delighted to reach 100 games for Burnley

The 29-year old has been included in the latest England squad, with his fine performances for Burnley since last season being rewarded with the call-up. Heaton, who made his 100th appearance for Burnley against Rotherham on Friday, spoke of his delight to have reached a century of appearances for the club. He said, "I'm delighted to reach that milestone. In the time I've been here I've taken part in most games which has been absolutely brilliant."

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Heaton went on to praise his manager for continuing to keep the faith after signing him back in 2013. Heaton said, "the manager signed me and put faith in me and I'm grateful for that." He also stated he wants to "keep repaying him [Dyche] under his management."

Heaton thankful for Dyche's faith

The milestone of 100 appearances is Heaton's first for any club and Dyche's reluctance to keep the faith has come as a success after Heaton helped Burnley gain promotion into the Premier League in 2014 before they were eventually relegated last season. 

Burnley have started the 2015/16 campaign in a positive fashion, currently sitting in sixth with 18 points. Heaton, who was named captain at the start of the season, has contributed largely to the fast start with the club hoping to bounce straight back into the top-flight this season.

Heaton will be with the England squad this week in preparation for their two Euro qualifiers before returning to Burnley for their game against Bolton after the international break.