Date: 22nd March 2018 at 12:23pm
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Former York City manager Nigel Worthington isn’t surprised that one-time loan goalkeeper Nick Pope has been called into the England squad.

The 25-year-old Burnley shot-stopper is included for the forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy having enjoyed an excellent campaign so far in the Premier League.

Pope was previously signed by Worthington on loan from Charlton Athletic in November 2013, and went on to play a huge role in propelling the Minstermen into the League Two play-offs that season.

“I’m not really surprised he’s got the call for England,” Worthington told BBC Radio York. “The biggest thing about Nick is he’s very, very in control of himself. He knows what he wants and how to go about it. And he doesn’t get phased by anything and I think that’s one of his biggest strengths.

“He’s had a very tough time as a young player,” he continued. “He was released from Ipswich at sixteen having been told he wasn’t going to be good enough. He’s then gone away and worked very hard through non-league into the league.

“He came to York and been an absolute dream of a player to work with. He works very, very hard everyday and fully deserves the call-up that he’s got.”

Meanwhile, the former Northern Ireland supremo is yet to return to club management since leaving Bootham Crescent in October 2014.

“When I left York, I’ve had two or three opportunities to go back into the game and I’ve declined,” he added. “At the moment I’m just very happy doing my own thing. I do keep in touch with the York chairman Mr McGill, so we touch base every now and again.

“I know York’s dropped a couple of divisions but I’m delighted to see they’re working themselves up towards the top of the league at the moment.”

Audo Link: BBC Radio York