England's Nick Pope says it will be 'every man for themselves'

England's Nick Pope says it will be 'every man for themselves'

Deserving Reward: Nick Pope isn't the only beneficiary of Burnley's fantastic season to gain global recognition as centre-back James Tarkowski is also included in the England squad for the first time.

The midfielder says he is focused exclusively on making a mark in the friendlies rather than worry about his chances of being selected to play in the World Cup finals in Russian Federation in June. I've come here to enjoy it but show what I'm about. There's eight games left of the Premier League season and it's every man for himself.

'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.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has emerged as a late candidate to be England's World Cup goalkeeper and said on Tuesday it was "every man for himself" in trying to make the plane to Russian Federation.

"There's got to be one number one (with England) and I want it to be me, who wouldn't?" he said. "I want to play for England". It's a level, this national team, that you think is too far away nearly.

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Hart has always been first choice for England but was dumped by Manchester City early in the 2016-17 season and has barely played since November on loan at West Ham.

"You have got to be hungry, greedy and have to push yourself", he added.

When released by his boyhood club Ipswich at 16, Pope felt "lower than a snake's belly", believing his dream of a professional career was over. "I want to prove myself amongst my peers that I'm here with now, and obviously the manager as well". I don't think it's a fluke to get called up to the England squad'. "Things are rarely set in stone over any period of time". It's a massive honour.

Dier and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson have failed to create much in the way of chances from deep lying positions for England recently and, with the likes of Jack Wilshere available to him, Southgate may opt to deploy the Arsenal playmaker in the centre of the park with Henderson.

'I feel like I've put in some hard yards and proven myself at them levels to try and get to this level. In 27 Premier League appearances he has kept the ball out of his net 10 times.

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