FOOTBALL: Local lad Nick Pope enjoys first full England appearance

Nick Pope (back row, third left) with the England team ahead of their triumph against Kosovo. Pictur

Nick Pope (back row, third left) with the England team ahead of their triumph against Kosovo. Picture: STEVEN PASTON/PA IMAGES - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Nick Pope helped England to glory in his first full international appearance.

The locally-born and raised Burnley goalkeeper was given the nod for a 4-0 success against Kosovo last Saunday in the country's final European Championship qualifier in Group A.

"I was obviously over the moon when I found out I would be starting my first competitive international," said Pope in a post-match interview with YouTube channel Beanyman Sports.

"I'm delighted to get through it with a clean sheet and to make a couple of saves.

"We had a great welcome in Kosovo and it was an honour to spend time in the country.


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"It's also good to finish the qualifying group with a win to take into the new year."

It was the 27 year-old's second cap after he also appeared in a World Cup warm-up friendly against Costa Rica in 2018.

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Pope spent time with Soham Town Rangers' junior sides as a youngster. His brother, Josh, is currently the Greens' first-choice goalkeeper.

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