Date: 20th March 2018 at 11:25pm
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Former York City goalkeeper Nick Pope says he’s done it the hard way after recently earning inclusion in the full England squad.

The 25-year-old Burnley shot-stopper numbers earlier spells at the likes of non-league Bury Town, Harrow Borough and Welling United before making 24 appearances during York’s unexpected surge into the League Two play-offs of 2013-14.

Indeed such was his impact while keeping sixteen clean-sheets when on loan at Bootham Crescent, it left many younger supporters regarding him as probably the finest keeper they’ve witnessed representing the club.

Since then he’s left former employers Charlton Athletic and is currently displaying his talents at the highest domestic level with Premier League Burnley, where’s he’s impressively surpassing all of his fellow countrymen while adding another dozen shut-outs this season.

“It’s been a hard ride,” Pope admitted to BBC Sport. “I had a couple of jobs. I worked in Next and on a milk round. I was on an electric float, a 4am-er in Soham. It didn’t pay much.

“I feel like I’ve put in some hard yards and proven myself at those levels. I don’t think it’s a fluke to get called up to the England squad,” he added. “It’s obviously a day I never thought I’d see come and, now it has, it’s massive elation for me and everyone close to me.”

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