Pope ‘proud and privileged’ as former Ipswich and Bury Town keeper makes England debut

PUBLISHED: 13:31 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:31 08 June 2018

Nick Pope made his England debut against Costa Rica last night. Picture; PA

Nick Pope made his England debut against Costa Rica last night. Picture; PA

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Goalkeeper Nick Pope admitted he was ‘immensely proud and privileged’ to make his England debut in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last night.

England's Jack Butland (left) is substituted for team-mate Nick Pope at Elland Road, Leeds. Picture: PAEngland's Jack Butland (left) is substituted for team-mate Nick Pope at Elland Road, Leeds. Picture: PA

Pope, who was released by Ipswich Town at 16 and went on to play for Bury Town while studying at West Suffolk College, came off the bench in the second half at Elland Road to make his first appearance on the international stage.

The 26-year-old will now head to the World Cup in Russia as England’s No 3 goalkeeper, and is happy to do so with a cap to his name.

“That was nice, to help prepare myself mentally and get ready to go,” said Pope.

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“I was happy. When you come off the bench as a goalkeeper for the boys in front it’s important that you show confidence and you look like you’re prepared and play how you should play, so I was pleased.

“I was immensely proud and privileged to make my England debut and be part of this England group.”

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