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Pope In World Cup Squad

Clarets goalkeeper off to Russia with Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski on stand-by for Finals

16 May 2018

Nick Pope is going to the World Cup.

The Clarets’ goalkeeper has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for the Finals in Russia in June and July.

In addition, Turf Moor team-mates James Tarkowski and Tom Heaton have been named on the stand-by list of five players on a red-letter day for the Clarets.

Pope’s inclusion as one of three goalkeepers in the England party follows his first call-up to the national squad for friendlies against Italy and the Netherlands in March.

The 26-year-old didn’t win a debut cap in those games but an outstanding first season as a Premier League regular for the Clarets – following the injury-enforced absence of Heaton – has kept him in Southgate’s thoughts.

And his selection means he will be become the first Burnley player, along with Iceland's Johann Berg Gudmundsson, to go to a World Cup Finals since the Northern Ireland duo of Billy Hamilton and Tommy Cassidy in 1982 and the first to go with England since John Connelly in 1962 - a non-playing member of the squad in Chile.

Pope, who joined the Clarets from Charlton Athletic in July, 2016, also follows in the footsteps of former Burnley goalkeeper Colin McDonald, who played in all four of England’s games in the 1958 tournament in Sweden – earning the award for the competition's best goalkeeper.

Pope will report for the squad’s opening training camp at St George’s Park next Monday.

He will be joined by centre-back Tarkowski, 25, who won his first England cap in the game against Italy at Wembley after a string of outstanding appearances for the Clarets on their way to finishing seventh in the Premier League.

And Heaton, 32, an England squad regular before suffering a dislocated shoulder last September, is back in the fold as goalkeeping back-up to Pope, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford following his return to fitness and the Clarets’ squad at the start of April.

Burnley's club captain, who has won three England caps, will also train and be part of the squad for England’s final two warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica ahead of their departure for Russia.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.

Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana.

Pope’s England itinerary

2 June v Nigeria (friendly – Wembley)

7 June v Costa Rica (friendly – Elland Road)

12 June Squad leaves for Russia

18 June v Tunisia (opening group game)

24 June v Panama (second group game)

28 June v Belgium (final group game)

15 July The Final

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