England's Pope ready for Heaton challenge amid World Cup race

England's Pope ready for Heaton challenge amid World Cup race

Chalobah did not make his senior bow in September's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, then sustained a knee injury later that month.

Nick Pope took to Twitter after Burnley's goalkeeper was selected by England for the first time last week.

"Obviously when you get released at 16 you think making it here is a far possibility", he said.

"The set-up that was in place allowed me to play 150 games in three years, something that in academy football is impossible".

'I've worked with (Heaton) for a year-and-a-half now, he's been massively supportive ever since I walked through the door (at Burnley).

"There has got to be one number one. Global football would be a new challenge for me, but a challenge I want to take on". It's no fluke to be called up to the England squad. Being injured is probably one of the hardest things in football.

He added: "It's a chance to prove myself and for me to adapt quickly to the side, and hopefully, to return to the national team more times".

Gareth Southgate is reportedly ready to deploy Eric Dier in a central defensive trio against the Netherlands and Italy, in a bid to find a tactical master plan ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Burnley's rookie goalkeeper Nick Pope has talked up his chances of usurping more senior names and securing his place as England's No1 goalkeeper for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It's obviously a day I never thought I'd see come and, now it has, it's massive elation for me and everyone close to me". I've enjoyed the training; I've come here to enjoy it and show what I'm about.

He is the least experienced of the trio, both at Premier League and worldwide level, but is enjoying by far the best season with long-term number one Hart failing to nail down a place at West Ham and his closest rivals suffering from the disappointing form of Everton and Stoke respectively.

Dier is no stranger to being shunted around the park with his Premier League side, and would have no issues being moved around to accommodate other star men. It's rarely set in stone. "There's two friendlies now and a couple at the end of the season, as well as Premier League matches to play, and I think every minute will count".

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