Lowton labels Pope England’s No.1


Matt Lowton says Burnley's Nick Pope should be handed an England call-up having been the best goalkeeper in the county this season.

Pope has enjoyed an incredible rise to prominence over the course of the campaign having been thrust in to the limelight when Tom Heaton went down with a serious injury in September.

The former Charlton shot stopper has kept 10 clean sheets in the Premier League since making his top-flight debut and Heaton will find it tough to dislodge the 25-year-old when he is finally ready to return.

Lowton has now sung the praises of Pope, claiming he should be in the next England squad when it is announced on Thursday having out-performed international regulars such as Joe Hart and Fraser Forster over the course of the season.

“He’s been different class for us since he came in,” the right-back said. “He’s just built on that and slipped straight in. In house we knew what he was like, we see him in training every day.

“We knew he had the potential to come straight in and do it, he’s kept us in games a few times. That’s what you need from your goalkeeper.

“There’s a lot of English goalkeepers at the moment that are maybe not in the best of form. From the pick of them I think Nick is in the best form.

“It’s up to the England manager but I think he’s been the best keeper for the last six months, so hopefully he gets his reward.”