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Ireland defender Collins nominated for Premier League Player of the Month

The young defender scored two goals in six starts for the Clarets in April.

Collins celebrating a goal against Southampton.
Collins celebrating a goal against Southampton.
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IRELAND INTERNATIONAL NATHAN Collins has been nominated for April’s Premier League Player of the Month award. 

The 21-year-old defender made six league starts for the Clarets during the period, scoring goals in wins over Everton and Southampton. 

Burnley sacked manager Sean Dyche in mid-April, and since then have claimed ten points from a possible 12 to move up to 16th in the table. 

Collins, who is seen as one of Ireland’s top young talents, was handed his first senior international start in March – earning man of the match in a 1-0 win over Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium. 

The Leixlip native is included in the eight-strong list alongside Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool) and Leandro Trossard (Brighton). 

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