James Tarkowski Biography
James Alan Tarkowski was born on 19th November 1992, he is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Burnley and the English national team. He began his career at Oldham Athletic of League One, where he made 89 appearances across all competitions.
In January 2014, he moved to Brentford for an undisclosed fee, winning promotion to the Championship in his first season. Two years later he signed for Burnley. He made his debut for England in March 2018.
James Tarkowski Age
Full name – James Alan Tarkowski
Date of birth – 19 November 1992 (age 25 as of 2018)
Place of birth – Manchester, England
Height – 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
James Tarkowski Poland
Burnley defender James Tarkowski: I snubbed Poland for England chance
The Burnley centre-back was eligible to play for the Poles due to his grandfather Boleslaw, a tank driver in the Second World War.
But despite being tempted, he waited for his England chance instead. Even the pleading of his cousin Pav could not sway him and he was rewarded for his patience at the age of 25 with his first-ever England call-up last week.
“I don’t feel very Polish myself but I have got quite a few relatives on my dad and his cousin’s side,” he said.
“I don’t speak Polish or eat Polish food but I have been to Poland a couple of times.
“I know that side of the family, I have met people.
“But I have always seen myself as English, it is only the name that is around me really.
“I speak to my cousin Pav quite a lot. We share the same surname and he obviously wanted me to play for Poland.
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“But once I got the call-up he sent me a message straight away to say congratulations. So it is not something he is going to hold against me.
“I have always seen myself as an English person and I’m sitting here in the kit now.
“So to go to play for Poland would be difficult.
“There were a couple of conversations with people not at the top of the Polish FA, just people associated with it, mentioning would I think about it, would I look at it.
“At times during my career I have thought about it.”
Tarkowski is now in line to play against Holland on Friday or Italy on Tuesday as the race for World Cup spots hots up. And he revealed how Burnley boss Sean Dyche has taught him how to simplify his game, after arriving as a ball-playing centre back from Brentford in 2016.
James Tarkowski Parents
His family name is Polish – his granddad left Poland for England after the Second World War. A former Failsworth High School pupil, Tarkowski made his name at Oldham Athletic where he started in the youth ranks. He made his first team debut in 2011, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 over Brentford.
James Tarkowski Injury
James Tarkowski withdraws from England’s World Cup standby list because of injury
By Sky Sports News 28/05/18
Burnley defender James Tarkowski has withdrawn from England’s standby list for the World Cup to have hernia surgery. The 25-year-old defender, who earned his first England cap in March, was named in Southgate’s five-man group of deputies and had been training with the national team at St George’s Park.
But following assessment, it has been decided that Tarkowski requires surgery on his injured groin and he will not play any part at the tournament in Russia next month. Burnley say the former Brentford centre-back is expected to be fit for pre-season training when it begins in early July.
Sky Sources understand England manager Gareth Southgate has yet to decide whether to call up further cover along with Tom Heaton, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana. Southgate has until June 4 to give his final squad of 23 players to FIFA.
James Tarkowski Oldham Athletic
Tarkowski joined League One club Oldham Athletic on a two-year scholarship in May 2009. He made his reserve-team debut in October 2009. A centre back, Tarkowski was called up to the first team for the first time for a league match versus Plymouth Argyle on 15 January 2011. His senior debut came on 22 January, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for the injured Neal Trotman in a 2–1 home win over Brentford.
Tarkowski made his first Latics start in a 1–0 defeat to Leyton Orient on 12 March and played the full 90 minutes. He was awarded a two-year professional contract by the club in May 2011. He made 9 appearances during the second half of the 2010–11 season.
Tarkowski had to wait until 10 December 2011 to make his first appearance of the 2011–12 season, when he came on as a 61st-minute substitute for Jean-Yves M’voto in a 2–0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. A half time substitute appearance in Oldham’s 2–1 Football League Trophy Northern Area final first leg defeat to Chesterfield on 30 January 2012 kicked off a run which saw Tarkowski included in almost all of Oldham’s first-team squads until the end of the season.
Tarkowski crowned his run of appearances by scoring his first senior goal for the club on the final day of the season in a 2–1 win over Carlisle United. He made 18 appearances during the 2011–12 season and scored one goal.
Tarkowski began the 2012–13 season as a first choice centre back alongside Jean-Yves M’voto and started Oldham’s first six games of the season. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–0 league win over Crewe Alexandra on 2 October 2012. Tarkowski played a part in Oldham’s run to the fifth round of the FA Cup, playing in the first round win over Conference Premier team Kidderminster Harriers and starting in the home draw and away replay defeat to Premier League team Everton in the fifth round.
He scored his second goal of the season in a 2–1 league win over Stevenage on 19 February 2013. Tarkowski made 26 appearances and scored two goals during the 2012–13 season. He signed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2013.
Tarkowski began the 2013–14 season with a bang, scoring Oldham’s first goal in a 4–3 away league win over Stevenage on the opening day. He was picked by the Latics supporters as Oldham’s Player of the Month for August 2013. Now lining up at centre back alongside Jonathan Grounds, Tarkowski scored his second goal in a 2–1 defeat to Preston North End on 9 September 2013. Tarkowski was an ever-present in Oldham’s runs to the Northern Area semi-final of the Football League Trophy and the third round of the FA Cup.
He started the FA Cup third round tie against Premier League team Liverpool at Anfield and scored an 82nd minute own goal, which consigned the Latics to a 2–0 defeat. Tarkowski’s form saw him offered a new contract extending until the end of the 2016–17 season on 22 January 2014, but he departed Boundary Park 9 days later. During his time with the Latics, Tarkowski made 89 appearances and scored six goals.
James Tarkowski Brentford
Tarkowski signed for League One club Brentford on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2014. After a period on the bench, he made his Brentford debut with a start in a 0–0 draw away to Carlisle United on 1 March. He scored his first goal for the club on his third appearance, heading in to send the Bees on their way to a 2–0 victory over Tranmere Rovers on 11 March.
Four days later, Tarkowski was sent off for the first time in his career during a 1–0 win over Leyton Orient. Following Brentford’s promotion to the Championship on 18 April, Tarkowski scored his second goal for the club in a 2–2 draw at Milton Keynes Dons on 21 April. He finished the 2013–14 season with 13 appearances and two goals.
Tarkowski began his first season at Championship level as an ever-present in the Bees’ league matches. He suffered a dip in form in September and early October, stepping up to take his first penalty for the club in a league match versus Leeds United on 27 September and hammering the ball over the bar.
He was spared his blushes, with Jota and Alan McCormack on target in the eventual 2–0 win. Tarkowski gave away a penalty in a 2–1 defeat to Watford on 30 September and received his fourth yellow card of the season (his third in four matches).
Another yellow card in a 0–0 draw with Wigan Athletic on 18 October saw him incur a suspension and he failed to appear again until 28 December, scoring what proved to be Wolverhampton Wanderers’ winner with an own goal in a 2–1 defeat. Despite the blunder, Tarkowski held onto his starting place and scored his first goal of the season against Reading on 25 April 2015, making sure of the points with the second in a 2–0 win.
Tarkowski had the opportunity to convert a late penalty to make it two goals in two games in the following match against Wigan Athletic, but his miss made little difference with the Bees already 3–0 ahead. He appeared in both legs of Brentford’s 5–1 playoff semi-final aggregate defeat to Middlesbrough and finished the 2014–15 season with 38 appearances and one goal.
Tarkowski helped salvage a 2–2 draw with Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 2015–16 season, feeding Andre Gray to score in injury time, before bundling home a 96th-minute equaliser to earn a place in the Football League Team of the Week. He suffered a displaced fracture of the nose in the following match versus Bristol City, but kept his place alongside Harlee Dean until suffering a calf injury in a 1–1 draw with Leeds United on 12 September. He missed two matches before being sent off on his return in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Amidst a number of transfer bids, Tarkowski was internally disciplined for refusing to play in Brentford’s match versus Burnley on 15 January 2016, for which he later apologised. He failed to appear for the Bees again and departed Griffin Park two weeks later, having made 74 appearances and scored 4 goals in two years with the club.
On 1 February 2016, Tarkowski signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Championship club Burnley for an undisclosed fee. Tarkowski made his club debut on 20 February against Rotherham United, entering as a substitute in the first half for Michael Keane, who was forced off with a head injury. Tarkowski deputised for Keane for the next two games, with Burnley victorious against Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers.
However, Keane was preferred by manager Sean Dyche at right centre-back upon his return to fitness as Tarkowski was limited to one substitution appearance the rest of the season. In third position in the table at the time of Tarkowski’s signing, Burnley went unbeaten the rest of the season as they won their third ever second-tier title and direct promotion to the Premier League on their first attempt.
Tarkowski was handed the captain’s armband for Burnley’s 1–0 extra-time defeat to fourth-tier Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup on 24 August, after Dyche had made 10 changes to the team that upset Liverpool four days prior. Tarkowski made his Premier League debut on 27 August at Chelsea, coming on as a substitute and receiving a booking for a foul in the run-up to Chelsea’s final goal in the 3–0 defeat.
Unable to crack the preferred centre-back partnership of Keane and Ben Mee, Tarkowski received scant playing time, despite being an ever-present on the bench. He was a halftime substitution on 23 April 2017 against Manchester United for Mee, who left with a shin injury, opening the door for his first Premier League start on 29 April against Crystal Palace.
Tarkowski endured being hit by an object thrown by a Palace fan during celebrations of Ashley Barnes’ opening goal, as well as keeping Christian Benteke in his back pocket en route to a clean sheet. Manager Dyche lauded his performance as “outstanding”. Tarkowski would retain his place in the team for Burnley’s final four fixtures, during which Burnley ensured their participation in the next edition.
During the summer transfer window, teammate Michael Keane departed for Everton, allowing Tarkowski to line up with Mee in the center of Burnley’s defense on a full-time basis. Assigned the shirt number 26 initially, Tarkowski assumed the number 5 shirt vacated by Keane ahead of the season.
Tarkowski’s performance against Crystal Palace on 10 September was deemed Man of the Match worthy by Sky Sports, as Tarkowski held Benteke and Palace without a goal. His 17 clearances in the match were the most by anyone in the Premier League that season, besting a mark previously held by himself in Burnley’s surprise opening day victory over Chelsea.
James Tarkowski England
Tarkowski is eligible for England and Poland at international level. On 15 March 2018, he was named in the England squad for pre-2018 FIFA World Cup friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March. He made his debut on 27 March when starting in the 1–1 draw with Italy at Wembley Stadium.
On 16 May 2018, he was one of 5 players named on standby for Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Tarkowski was reported to have withdrawn from the standby list later for hernia operation.
James Tarkowski Salary
His salary and estimated net worth is under review.
James Tarkowski Liverpool
Liverpool target James Tarkowski or Jamaal Lascelles as part of Jurgen Klopp’s four-man summer rebuild
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – INDEPENDENT
Jurgen Klopp has identified Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles as his summer centre-half targets, as he seeks to bolster his Liverpool squad for next season. The Champions League finalists want to bring in three to four players in the close-season window – including a goalkeeper, likely Jack Butland, and another attacker – but centre-half is again a priority position.
Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy feel Tarkowski and Lascelles both fit what they want, and the club will try to buy one. The 25-year-old Tarkowski is another player who has excelled in Sean Dyche’s system, while 24-year-old Lascelles has thrived at Newcastle United as they comfortably maintained their Premier League status.
The will to purchase another centre-half is not necessarily to replace Dejan Lovren or anyone else alongside Virgil van Dijk, but to increase the depth of squad quality, especially given how physically stretched they were in the run to the Champions League final.
Meanwhile Liverpool have been boosted by the news that James Milner and Emre Can both featured in an open training session at Anfield on Monday. Milner missed the final Premier League game of the season against Brighton with a muscle problem, while fellow midfielder Can has been out since March with a back injury.
The potential availability of both would increase manager Klopp’s options for Saturday’s showpiece against Real Madrid in Kiev. Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip have already been ruled out of contention. Liverpool spent part of last week at a training camp in Marbella, but have now returned to Merseyside before travelling to Ukraine later this week.
James Tarkowski Fifa 18
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 79 with a potential of 82. Tarkowski has got a 2-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot.
His workrates are Medium / Medium. Tarkowski’s height is 192 cm and his weight is estimated at 81 kg according to our database. Currently, James Tarkowski is playing with number 5. His best stats are: strength 82, marking 80, slide tackle 80, stand tackle 80, jumping 80.