'Every man for themselves' – Pope wants England World Cup place

Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford at England training

Burnley’s Nick Pope says it will be “every man for themselves” in the fight to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer.

Pope has been called up to the international squad for the first time for the forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

The 25-year-old is joined in the squad by Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who is on loan at West Ham.

“I want it to be me,” Pope said.

“It would be a massive honour to represent your country and to go to a World Cup.”

Pope has kept more clean sheets and conceded fewer Premier League goals than the other three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

He only made his first top-flight debut in September – replacing the injured Tom Heaton – having joined Burnley from Charlton in 2016.

Pope does not think a lack of experience at international or European level should count against players when it comes to England selection.

“You have got to be hungry, greedy and have to push yourself,” he added. “It would be a challenge I am ready to take on.”

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