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Burnley's Pope admits surprise at senior England call-up

Nick Pope has been hugely impressive in goal for Burnley this season. Credit: PA

Nick Pope admits he had to pinch himself after earning his first England call-up but the Burnley goalkeeper is eyeing a starting place at this summer's World Cup.

The 25-year-old will be vying for his first Three Lions cap in the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Italy after being named in Gareth Southgate's 27-man squad.

The former Welling, Cambridge and Charlton keeper has impressed for the Clarets this season and Pope intends to take his chance at international level.

"It's obviously a day I never thought I'd see come and, now it has, it's massive elation for me and everyone close to me," Pope said at a press conference.

"I've played in some cold, dark leagues. It's a level, this national team, that you think is too far away almost.

"I feel like I've put in some hard yards and proven myself at them levels to try and get to this level. I don't think it's a fluke to get called up to the England squad."