England can win a major – says Burnley’s Nick Pope as Qatar 2022 World Cup draw is done!

The Three Lions are edging ever closer to a first success since 1966 under Gareth Southgate.

England emulated their arrival in Italy 90 by losing their third-place game against Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

They then reached their first final since winning the Jules Rimet Trophy in their loss to Italy at the European Championships last summer.

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England goalkeeper Nick Pope (L) and England midfielder Phil Foden chat on the pitch after the international friendly soccer match between England and Ivory Coast at Wembley stadium in north London on March 29 2022.

Asked if he thought the nation could still do better, Pope replied: “I think so. No one will give it to us, but with the players we have, and their ages at all, as well as this experience that they all have now, the signs are good.

“A lot of players in the England team have now played in a Champions League final, a World Cup semi-final, a Euro final and players below, who all go through, have played an under-19 final and an under-17 final. . There are some incredible talents.”

The two-time Burnley Player of the Year winner returned to St George’s Park last week after being overlooked for a few teams at the end of last year.

And he confirmed that there was a really good buzz around the place. “It’s something that’s been built up over many camps and many years,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s nice on the pitch, where you obviously spend a lot of time, but you also spend a lot of time off it. It’s nice for both parties.

(back row LR) England midfielder Jude Bellingham, England goalkeeper Nick Pope, England striker Ollie Watkins, England defender Tyrone Mings, England defender Harry Maguire and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, (first row LR) England midfielder Jack Grealish, England defender Tyrick Mitchell, England defender Ben White, England midfielder Declan Rice and England midfielder Raheem Sterling pose for a team photo before the England international match Friendly football between England and Ivory Coast at Wembley Stadium in North London on March 29, 2022.

“It’s something you need as a nation to move forward because if you want to win major tournaments you’ll have to be in hotels and in camps together which can last four or five weeks. It’s a great environment to be a part of, which is a really positive sign for the England national team.”

The former Charlton Athletic goalscorer kept his seventh clean sheet in eight appearances for his country by joining Colin McDonald as Burnley’s most capped England goalkeeper.

He didn’t have much to do in the 3-0 win over Ivory Coast at Wembley but was delighted to have the opportunity to add to his tally ahead of Qatar 2022.

“It was awesome,” he said. “The England team’s pool is huge, it’s not easy to get into it.

“Caps in England are not easy to get, whether you play for Burnley, Manchester City or 10 or 20 years ago. When you are mentioned in the same breath as great players who played for this club [Colin McDonald] it’s a real privilege.”

England were drawn in Group B alongside Iran, their first opponents in November, the United States and Ukraine/Scotland or Wales as the draw was made in Doha.

Pope concluded: “Every player who has worn the England shirt for the last year or so will be thinking the same thing (getting into the World Cup squad).

“It’s important to train well, but it will be the form of the club that will get you into the team and that’s what’s important for me between now and the World Cup.”

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