Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will start for England against Ireland on Thursday
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Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will start for England against Ireland on Thursday

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is set to start between the sticks for England ahead of their friendly fixture against the Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports confirmed.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been backing Jordan Pickford as his first-choice goalkeeper for the longest time; it will certainly be interesting to see how Pope fares in the sticks.

"When people say I have been loyal to him, he has deserved that," said Southgate. "His performances for us have been excellent so that has not been a difficult decision for me.

"We have some competition for places but I would have to say that there is nobody who I think is challenging seriously at the moment to push him out of that position.

"In terms of how his club are looking after him, he has got a hugely experienced manager there who has won everything in the game. He is in a very good place."

Pickford could potentially return to his spot for England's crucial Nations League match in Belgium on November 15.

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