Clarets Keeper Nick Pope Set For England Call Up
England manager Gareth Southgate is set to hand Nick Pope his first England call up for friendles against Holland and Italy at the end of next month. Gareth Southgate has a real dilemma on his hands about who should be England’s No.1 goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup and Nick Pope could be given the chance to prove himself.
Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford are in competition for the No.1 jersey but Southgate is still unsure who to take to Russia as his third goalkeeper, with Joe Hart out of favour at West Ham and having endured a nightmare two years since Euro 2016, it would cap a sensational decline if he is left out of the Three Lions squad for this summer’s World Cup.
All of that could leave the two Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope and Tom Heaton fighting for the final goalkeeping spot available in Southgate’s World Cup squad. The England boss was at Turf Moor last Saturday to watch Pope during Burnley’s 1-1 draw with the Saints and now he is a serious contender to make the squad for England’s upcoming friendlies.
Pope is only experiencing his first taste of Premier League football this season but has grasped his opportunity with both hands since Tom Heaton dislocated his shoulder back in September. In fact, no English goalkeeper has kept more Premier League clean sheets than Pope this season (Nine), while only Manchester United’s David de Gea has a better save success rate.