Date: 17th May 2018 at 12:30pm
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York City fans have expressed their absolute delight at the news that former goalkeeper Nick Pope has been included in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup starting in Russia next month.

The 26-year-old is one of three shot-stoppers chosen by manager Gareth Southgate, with Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland of Stoke City being the other two, following an outstanding season helping Burnley to qualify for Europe after finishing seventh in the Premier League.

It’s probably fair to say that the majority of York supporters would have been totally unaware of the Soham-born Charlton Athletic prospect when originally arriving on loan at Bootham Crescent in November 2013.

“My move to York City changed everything for me” – Nick Pope

Indeed most of those fans were more likely instead focusing upon the acquisition of experienced Cheltenham Town centre-back Keith Lowe on the exact same day.

Furthermore, Pope was actually recalled by his parent club after just a couple of games, before returning to York in January until the end of the season.

And he was to play a major part – as in fact was fellow newcomer Lowe – in completely transforming the Minstermen’s fortunes under manager Nigel Worthington as they rose dramatically from battling against relegation and sensationally into the play-offs.

During his time with York, Pope made 24 appearances in total while remarkably keeping sixteen clean-sheets.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that despite only representing City for around half a season, their fans continue to  hold so much affection for him, and will certainly be cheering their favourite on should he be given his deserved opportunity on the world stage .