Burnley goalkeeper to debut for England in Costa Rica

England’s coach Gareth Southgate has handed Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope the opportunity to lead England debut in Costa Rica friendly.

Jack Butland will start the World Cup warm-up clash against Costa Rica while Pope will feature as a second-half substitute as Southgate does not want to go to the World Cup with uncapped players in his squad. He had also decided a completely different line-up to face Costa Rica, according to Mirror Uk.

Gareth Southgate, England, Bulgaria, Euro 2020

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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold will also feature at right wing-back with Jamie Vardy leading the attack. Southgate has so far given 16 players their England debuts during his reign and Alexander-Arnold and Pope would make it 18.

Pope was selected before the more experienced Joe Hart after impressing in Burnley’s seventh-place finish which secured Europa League football next season. He made his Premier League debut in September 2017, replacing the injured Tom Heaton in the first-half of a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace.


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