Date: 16th May 2018 at 4:47pm
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With the announcement of Gareth Southgate’s England squad earlier this afternoon, goalkeeper Nick Pope has been named as one of the three in contention to take his place between the sticks at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

The former Charlton Athletic man finds himself in Southgate’s 23 man squad for the Finals and following his first call-up for friendlies against Italy and the Netherlands back in March, he is easily the stand out selection for the Clarets.

James Tarkowski and Tom Heaton have been named on the standby list though, so if injuries hit they too could be involved.

Whichever way you paint it, it’s a huge success for little ol Burnley and stands as a testament to the season we’ve had in the Premier League which has seen us qualify for a European adventure next season.

It means Pope becomes the first Burnley player, along with Iceland’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson, to go to a World Cup since Northern Ireland duo Billy Hamilton and Tommy Cassidy back in 1982. Pope is the first England man specifically to travel since John Connelly back in 1962, where he was a non-playing member of the squad.

Former Burnley full-back Kieran Trippier has also made the squad and Sam Vokes is back with the Welsh group for their upcoming friendly.

Fans were quick to applaud him for his involvement.