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England goalie hopeful Nick Pope says it's every man for himself

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 Russia.

Pope has been called up by manager Gareth Southgate for the first time after grabbing his chance when Burnley's first-choice keeper Tom Heaton underwent shoulder surgery in September.

England's regular goalkeeper Joe Hart is struggling for form having been dropped by West Ham United and while Stoke City's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford are ahead of him in the queue, Pope has gained plenty of admirers.

England face the Netherlands on Friday and Italy next Tuesday as Southgate runs the rule over the players hoping to seal their spot in the World Cup squad.

Pope, 25, has done things the hard way, struggling to get a game at Charlton Athletic who loaned him out to various lower and minor league clubs before he impressed enough to sign for Burnley in 2016.

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