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Burnley goalkeeper to debut for England in Costa Rica

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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.

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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