Nick Pope accepts he may only have “half a chance” of making England’s World Cup squad but considers that a success in itself having started the season as Burnley’s No. 2.
Gareth Southgate will name the 23 men who will head to Russia on Wednesday, with questions still to answer in the goalkeeping department.
Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland look set to travel as top two keepers, leaving the uncapped Pope head to head with the vastly-experienced Joe Hart.
There is no doubt who has enjoyed the better season, Pope sweeping the end-of-year awards as the Clarets secured Europa League football while Hart was in and out of the side at struggling West Ham.nfl jerseys cheap authentic
But Pope will not cry foul if he misses out on a call he had barely contemplated before Tom Heaton’s shoulder injury saw him promoted from the Burnley bench.
“At the start of the season you’re looking at being a No. 2 goalkeeper and possibly getting a handful of games over a season so it’s something I couldn’t even dream about then,” he said.
“But as I sit here, I’ve maybe got half a chance of getting on the plane and going to Russia, which would be a massive achievement in itself, let alone playing.
“If I hadn’t made the squad in March I would be sitting here thinking I’ve got a very small chance but to make that squad gave me a little bit of hope.
“Fingers crossed something comes but if not I get to enjoy my holidays feeling fresh and ready to go again.”
The 26-year-old has penned one of the year’s most pleasing rags-to-riches stories, given his early career trawl through loan stints at the likes of Harrow Borough, Welling United, Cambridge and Aldershot.nfl nike jerseys for cheap
When Roy Hodgson took England to the World Cup in Brazil four years ago, Pope had just finished a spell at League Two York and took in the tournament at his local pub — a far cry from his recent training camp at St George’s Park.