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Pope Gets England Call

Clarets' number-one back in the England fold for Euro qualifiers

29 August 2019

Nick Pope is back in the England squad.

The Clarets’ goalkeeper has earned a re-call to the national set-up after starting the Premier League season as Burnley’s first choice between the posts.

“I’m really pleased for him," said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

"It was a tough decision this season with Tom (Heaton) going but we know what a great keeper Popey is.

“He’s showing it again so far this season. He’s been calm with his performances.

“It’s really good for him and good for the club to have a player recognised again by England.”

Pope’s last England involvement came in a run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup before a dislocated shoulder in the Clarets’ Europa League opener last season forced him out of action.

The 27-year-old is included in a 25-man party – along with former Turf Moor team-mate Heaton – for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday, 7 September (KO 5pm) and Kosovo at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday, 10 September (KO 7.45pm).

Pope, who has won one cap, is the only Burnley player named by boss Gareth Southgate as England look to extend their 100 per cent start to qualifying and cement their place at the top of Group A.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Heaton, Pickford, Pope

Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Gomez, Keane, Maguire, Mings, Rose, Trippier, Wan-Bissaka

Midfielders: Barkley, Henderson, Maddison, Mount, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Winks

Forwards: Kane, Lingard, Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, Wilson.

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