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Pope Gets England Call

Clarets' goalkeepers selected for Euro qualifying duty

3 October 2019

Nick Pope has been included in the latest England squad ahead of this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Clarets’ number-one retains his place in a 25-man squad, alongside former Turf Moor team-mate Tom Heaton and Everton’s Jordan Pickford as manager Gareth Southgate’s three goalkeeper selections.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell makes it a Burnley double with the summer signing from Leeds United named by Northern Ireland as one of their three goalkeepers.

Peacock-Farrell has been Ireland's first choice so far in a superb start to their qualifying campaign which sees them sit second behind Germany in Group C.

Pope’s inclusion by England follows an impressive start to the season since coming back into Burnley’s starting line-up.

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And the 27-year-old was naturally delighted to receive notification of his call-up as he looks to help an unbeaten England side stay top of qualifying Group A.

“It feels good to put a few performances together and get into a bit more of routine of playing games every week," said Pope, an ever-present in the Premier League so far this season after a lengthy injury absence last year with a dislocated shoulder.

“It was great to be back in the squad at the first attempt after getting back into the Burnley team and then after the first break to carry on from there, I’ve been really pleased with the start.

“It’s still early for me. I think this will be my fourth one, including the World Cup, so I don’t see it as a given.

"It’s still a massive honour and a great moment for myself and my family and friends when I get to share the news of getting with them. It’s still a great moment for me.”

The Three Lions travel to Prague to face the Czech Republic on Friday, October 11, followed by a game against Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday, October 14.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier.

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks.

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.

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Bailey Peacock-Farrell has won 11 caps for Northern Ireland

Peacock-Farrell's Northern Ireland face a testing trip to the Netherlands - who are currently third in the group - on 10 October before facing the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague.

Northern Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Trevor Carson.

Defenders: Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor McLaughlin, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan, Ciaron Brown.

Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair, George Saville, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson, Liam Donnelly, Matthew Kennedy.

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce, Josh Magennis, Shayne Lavery.


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