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Pope wants to regain Burnley place after signing new contract

Nick Pope is looking to regain his place in the Burnley team after signing a new four-year contract at Turf Moor. Credit: PA

Nick Pope is looking to regain his place in the Burnley team after signing a new four-year contract at Turf Moor.

Pope became the club's number one in 2017-18 after Tom Heaton suffered an injury and his form earned him a place in England's World Cup squad last summer.

But he suffered a shoulder injury in a Europa League tie against Aberdeen in July and was restricted to just two FA Cup appearances for the rest of the campaign.

Burnley signed former national team number one Joe Hart in Pope's absence before a fit-again Heaton gained his place back in the Clarets team and the England squad.

Pope's new deal runs until 2023, with an option for a further year, and he is determined to return as the number one at Turf Moor next season.

"I want to get back to where I left off and help the club build on the three years I've had here so far," the 27-year-old said.

"Last year was a bit of a non-starter for me with the injury. It was frustrating and didn't pan out as I hoped after such a high the season before.

"But it's been a fantastic time here and I want to help the club to keep moving forward.

"With the contract being for a further four years that will carry me through the majority of my career.

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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."