Pope Bridges 60-Year Gap
By Burnley FC
November 18 2019
Nick Pope gained another footnote in the Clarets’ history as he won his second England cap.
Pope earned his first start for his country in England’s 4-0 in Kosovo as Gareth Southgate’s side completed their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2020 Finals.
And in doing so, the 27-year-old became the first Burnley goalkeeper since Colin McDonald to play in a competitive England fixture.
Pope’s previous England appearance came as a substitute in a pre-World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica in June, 2018, while former team-mate Tom Heaton won his three caps in friendlies.
“My debut in Leeds seems such a long time ago so to come through this and everything that's gone on in between is a really special moment for me and my family,” Pope told broadcasters after the victory that guaranteed England a place among the top-six seeds for next summer’s tournament.
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