Nick Pope: The Burnley goalkeeper targeting the PL golden glove & England No. 1 spot

Nick Pope has been in unprecedented form during the 2019/20 campaign – registering 13 clean sheets in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old is currently leading the race for the Premier League golden glove ahead the likes of Alisson (12), Ederson (12) and Kasper Schmeichel (12).

Pope has surpassed his previous record of 12 clean sheets (2017-18) and looks set to become the first Englishman to win the award since his former Burnley colleague Joe Hart in 2014-15.

Burnley have climbed into 10th record after recording back-to-back 1-0 victories over Watford and Crystal Palace respectively. The Clarets have lost just one of their last eight league games (W4 D3) – registering five clean sheets in the process.

They host Sheffield United at Turf Moor on Sunday where his opposite number will be the promising Dean Henderson. Both goalkeepers have been earmarked to replace Jordan Pickford as England No. 1 after the Everton goalkeeper has come under scrutiny for his performances this term.

Jordan PickfordStatsNick Pope
32Apps32
8Clean Sheets13
47 (1.47pg)Goals Conceded45 (1.41pg)
81 (2.53pg)Saves98 (3.06pg)
Key: Per Game (pg)

Pope has been statistically superior to Pickford this season and the pressure is mounting on Gareth Southgate to reconsider his first-choice goalkeeper.

“I’m really looking after myself at Burnley. England is so far away, even though being the No.1 is something that I want,” Pope revealed.

He added: “It’s a real dream of mine to play at Wembley and to represent England as many times as possible.

“Although I didn’t play a game at the World Cup, to be part of that was still one of the greatest things of my life.”

Pope received his first international call-up in March 2018 and has amassed two caps against Costa Rica and Kosovo respectively.

His focus is solely on his duties at Burnley but succeeding on the international stage will cap a spectacular and rapid rise for the former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper.

PRISTINA, KOSOVO – NOVEMBER 17: Nick Pope of England acknowledges the fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between Kosovo and England at the Pristina City Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Burnley signed Pope from Charlton, where he spent loan stints at six different clubs, for a reported fee of £1.17m in July 2016.

Tom Heaton was the preferred option upon his arrival but a long-term injury in September 2017 presented Pope with an opportunity to break into the first team.

He seized the opportunity with both hands by playing an instrumental role in inspiring them to UEFA Europa League qualification. Pope sustained a shoulder injury in July 2018 and was ruled out of action for over six months.

Sean Dyche reinstalled Heaton as his first-choice goalkeeper for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign but Pope has flourished since Heaton switched to Aston Villa in the 2019 summer transfer window.

Pope has amassed 77 appearances for Burnley across all competitions – keeping 31 clean sheets and conceding 92 goals.

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