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Pope Hailed As Unsung England Hero

4 July 2018

England penalty hero Eric Dier has hailed Nick Pope for his part in helping the Three Lions reach the World Cup quarter finals.

The Spurs' midfielder fired home the winning penalty in last night's dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Colombia.

And triumphant Dier praised Burnley keeper Pope for his part leading up to the game, as they practised spot-kicks together in training.

Dier told BBC 5 Live ""Personally I've been having a little competition with Nick. He (Pope) deserves all the credit because he's the one who's helped me prepare for penalties.

"It's difficult to score penalties past him because he's huge, he helped me a lot".

Former Clarets right-back Kieran Trippier also slotted home from the spot, as one of England's historic penalty takers, to break the run of 22 years without a shoot-out victory.



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