This is the latest Newcastle United News with pope making big clearity over his move to Magpies ahead of England call up with Gareth Southgate amid Eddie Howe praise.
Nick Pope has stated that this year, Newcastle United would take precedence over England. The new goalkeeper for the Magpies has a chance to make Gareth Southgate’s 26-man roster with the World Cup in Qatar only five months away.
Pope was called up for the Three Lions setup last month, but he acted as Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale’s backup. If Tyneside has a strong start to the season, Southgate may have to reconsider his goalkeeping rotational.
Martin Dubravka, who has been the unquestioned number one since moving to St. James’ Park in 2018, must be eliminated before Newcastle’s new player can succeed him.
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With two Premier League-caliber shot-stoppers at his disposal, Eddie Howe faces a difficult decision about his starting lineup for the next campaign.
When questioned about his World Cup aspirations, Pope quickly played down mention of England, choosing instead to concentrate on claiming the number one shirt at Newcastle. He stated, “I believe England is (one of) those things that comes around in periods, as it does, three or four times a year,” in an interview with NUFC TV.
“As for myself, I’m excited to get started right away here, meet the guys, settle in, and become a part of this football team. Right now, that is more significant to me than England, which will take care of itself if you’re acting in your club’s best interests. That is how I see it.
The 30-year-old was interested in playing for Howe as well following the Magpies’ stunning comeback the previous season.
When the former Bournemouth manager took over, Newcastle was in last place and winless, but an excellent second half of the season allowed the team to finish 14 points above the relegation zone.
He said, “He’s been a great manager for many years. He arrived here and saved the season, which was an extraordinarily tough task. It was an incredible accomplishment and something to be greatly praised that we were able to finish with the number of points that we accomplished last year.
“I’ve viewed and faced (Howe’s sides) from a distance, and I admire the way he positions his teams to triumph in football games.”