Pope describes rise to England squad as ‘surreal’ 8 months after making PL debut

Nick Pope has been one of the stories of the Premier League season, making his debut for Burnley just eight months, and now preparing to fly to Russia to represent England at the World Cup.

An injury to Three Lions regular Tom Heaton meant the 26-year-old was given the chance to impress, and he has done just that, following a fine debut season at Burnley.

Despite that, Pope does not have the time to reflect on things to heavily, as his club form means he has gone from a non-league goalkeeper – whose job was a milkman – to being in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.

“It feels like it’s gone in the blink of an eye, almost,” the Clarets shot-stopper said. “It’s been that quick.

“Obviously a year ago, I don’t think I was sitting there going, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to maybe get to the World Cup next year’.

“It’s definitely been a season that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

“It’s been a mad nine, 10 months that’s led me to get to this stage. It was September when I played my first Premier League game.

“Even at that point you don’t picture going to a World Cup or getting called up for England.

“To be here is surreal.”

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