FOOTBALL: Soham-born shot-stopper Nick Pope named in the England squad

PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:58 16 May 2018

Nick Pope during his spell at Chartlon Athletic.

Nick Pope during his spell at Chartlon Athletic.


The remarkable rise of goalkeeper Nick Pope has continued with selection for the World Cup today.

The Soham-born shot-stopper got the nod from England boss Gareth Southgate to be part of the squad for the summer tournament in Russia.

Pope, who has had a terrific season with Burnley in the Premier League, was announced as one of three goalkeepers in the England party along with Stoke City man Jack Butland and Everton ace Jordan Pickford.

The 26 year-old has enjoyed an incredible journey to the top after overcoming the disappointment of being released by Ipswich Town as a 16 year-old.

He then played for Bury Town in non-league football before earning a move to Charlton Athletic in 2011.

A succession of loan spells followed before he eventually becme first choice in a 2015/16 campaign which ended in relegation for Charlton.

But Pope earned a move to Burnley in the summer of 2016, initially as their third-choice goalkeeper.

He made four appearances during the 2016/17 season in cup competitions but seized his chance early last term when number one Tom Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Pope has earned rave reviews ever since and was called into the England squad for the first time ahead of March friendlies and Holland and Italy. Although he didn’t actually get any playing time in those games, it appears he did enough impression to earn a seat on the plane to Russia.

Pope is a former St Andrew’s Primary and Kings College Ely pupil. His brother, Josh, is the first-choice goalkeeper for local club Soham Town Rangers.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 12:49

A Soham soldier who lost his leg after being hit by an 11-ton tank will be going for gold at the Invictus Games after a team effort by clinicians and engineers to make an advanced new limb.

Yesterday, 17:17

Around 50 demonstrators with banners and flags gathered outside the Job Centre in Cambridge to call for a re-think over the controversial benefits system.

Yesterday, 15:36

More than £5000 was raised by charity walkers who defied the blustery weather to take on the length of Ely southern bypass.

Yesterday, 12:36

A Cambridgeshire teenager has been banned from driving for three years after he was caught drug-driving TWICE, just days after taking off his L plates.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy