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Magpie Believes Newcastle Move Will Help His International Career



Nick Pope has linked up with the England squad for the Nations League matches against Italy and Germany. The 30-year-old stands a very good chance of adding to his 8 caps with number one Jordan Pickford not involved with a thigh injury.

Both Pope and Pickford have been sensational for their respective clubs to start this campaign. Pope is up against Nottingham Forest’s on loan keeper Dean Henderson and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale to be in the net for Friday’s match at the San Siro against Italy.

Pope last played for England in March keeping a clean sheet in a friendly against the Ivory Coast. His last matches of significance for his country was the previous March when he started three World Cup Qualifiers, all three of which were wins.

He recently touched on his involvement with England as well as the successful start to his Newcastle career. Here is some of what Nick said as published in The Shields Gazette:

“I think international football’s something that’s earned by how you play for your club.

“Newcastle now will hopefully be seen, and be grown to be seen, as a club where internationals will regularly come from.

“Moving here, and playing in this team, is something that will help me get England caps. I’m never going to be a goalkeeper that gets 50, 60 caps.

“I’m 30. I’m not being unrealistic, but I feel there’s more for me, and I want to see how many I get. It’s another ambition.

“I was lucky enough to be part of the last one. I was unlucky or unfortunate to miss out on the Euros because of my knee surgery, so that fire’s still burning for myself.

“Being part of a major tournament for England is the biggest stage you can possibly get to.

“In a footballer’s career, you don’t see too many. If you get to three World Cups, you’ve done unbelievably well. It’s special to have that opportunity, and it’ll be a target.”

Newcastle haven’t had many England internationals in the recent past. Now there are two in the ranks in Pope and right-back Kieran Trippier. They are the first to get England caps as Magpies since Andros Townsend in 2016.

While it’s close, if Gareth Southgate goes on recent form, Pope should be in between the goalposts in Milan on Friday. He is joint top with Brentford’s David Raya with 30 saves. His 3 clean sheets are joint-second behind Man City’s Ederson, though Ramsdale has 3 as well.

Pope was nominated for August’s Premier League Player of the Month while winning the month’s best save award. He could edge out Ramsdale and Henderson, though the competition is stiff.

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47 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    pug power

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Faster than a greyhound chasing a lurcher chasing a bunny

    2
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Pope is Best English keeper at this point in time.

    1
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #4

    will wait for you to catch up

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Hey!

    0
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #6

    4 keepers competing for 3 spots for the World Cup squad I’d assume. Henderson must be the outsider and Pickford likely to be the number 1 but there’s also the battle for who will be number 2. Will be one interesting dynamic…

    0
  • sparky55

    Sep 20, 2022 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Pope wont get a game if he gets called up…but at least he will come back fit as he’ll be heavily involved in all the training camps so should come back sharp as a brand new shiney pin.

    Onwards and upwards

    8
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    sparky55 – if he’s 2nd choice then he may play in one of the group matches or he could obviously play if there’s an injury/suspension to Pickford. Will be good experience and a big boost to go to the World Cup though.

    0
  • sparky55

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    My concern is Bruno…if he plays this week he coupd easily have a set back.

    He wasnt himself on Saturday…he was either being careful to make sure he doesnt get injured again thereby ruining his WC chances…or he was nowhere near fit but said he was so he doesnt lose the chance of playing for Brazil this week.

    We all know how much we miss him…he us literally our talisman and make or break player…we dont function without him

    1
  • sparky55

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    TDS…agreed …he’ll come back better mentally and physically for sure

    1
  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Tuff,
    This one’s for you my good man:

    Played “Elea Golf Club” today, aggregate 62 points (two rounds), off a 17 handicap. Won me 30 Euros too.

    Great huh 😉

    Waiting for a call from them Liv golf people.

    3
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafael Benítez on his time at Newcastle compared to now:

    #NUFC |
    @SkySportsNews

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NUFC_HQ/status/1572161734437134336

    2
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve said all along that Bruno plays the box to box role but can also be used as a defensive midfielder purely. What I don’t think he’s ever done is play as a 10. One think I do wonder is if Willock could do a similar role when required. Hoping Bruno can be our Viera, Keane or Yaya Toure as opposed to Batty.

    0
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #16

    The Batty’s of the world done exist in football anymore.

    They wouldn’t survive

    1
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruno Guimaraes “The fans are crazy about me, and nothing beats that in football. Honestly, I get so much love out on the streets that sometimes it feels like I’m the mayor of the city!”

    #NUFC |

    9
  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    From previous. Dazzler.
    Assassins,

    I refer to them as the Manc B*stards in all my chats. I feel it captures their essence better.

    My reply, Very true, when living back home, Manc B/stares, Manc F/ckers was perfect but explaining to some Americans what a Manc is just not worth the time, I do explain to them that there’s only has ever been one true team in Manchester.

    And yes the challenge has been done, like removing someone from a cult with brainwashing and showing them that the team they support is blasphemy.
    One of my American friends loved Manchester Red ones, I spent over several years explaining to him that supporting a club isn’t about great marketing but about the passion of the fans, club and players.

    Had him over to my place and showed him some home games live, he was speechless how the fans and owners loved The Toon.
    He is now a supporter of the Real United.

    2
  • Toon fans bad

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Leverkusen playing gash, Leicester playing gash and the Toon have open dialogue already with both. Only one of them maintaining this level of gashness is required and we’ll be in like Flynn.

    Player becomes unsettled, the club yields and takes the money as it’ll become their smart play. Diaby and Maddison having a gash world cup or not even selected would be ideal.

    Over to you Dan Ashworth.

    2
  • Asi Fish

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Trying to organise a bonus game to stay sharp? Mint.

    Steve Bruce would already be in Sexy Beast mode, greasing himself up in the sun and bread mopping the bacon fat in his speedos.

    4
  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes Batty wouldn’t survive today’s rough and tumble 🙂

    https://youtu.be/GRxQl_oJ3xo

    0
  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Mund,

    I feel that both Bruno and Willock would both excel in different positions if Jonjo was playing.

    Diaby would be some signing, but seeing how we are little lost without Wilson and Jonjo I can only hope we have a game plan for Jonjo type signing

    1
  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #23

    and Wilson type signing

    0
  • valle

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Do you guys know this fella? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R-v8iKb22Y&t=1s

    He is from the north east of England.

    0
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Assassins

    I concur with that thinking.

    There isn’t another player in the team who can do what Shelvey does and that allows Bruno and Willock to be more adventurous in the middle. It’s vitally important we have a stand in for Jonjo when he isn’t in the side but I’m sure over the next two windows we will get that.

    2
  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Asi@20…Good film…Ben Kingsley was tremendous

    1
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #27

    A good few on different sources saying they don’t think Eddie Howe will be the one that takes us to the next level. I really hope he is and that he proves them all wrong.

    4
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Yanited
    @NE5westend
    Newcastle United at the Guinness Soccer 6 Tournament, December 1986 https://youtu.be/fhlI8vPUFXA via
    @YouTube

    0
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Yanited
    @NE5westend
    ·
    9h
    On this day in 2011: Nottingham Forest 3 v Newcastle United 4 (Lovenkrands 2, Simpson, Coloccini) League cup.
    Also for the 1st time in NUFC history 2 brothers entered the field together at the same time as subs Sammy and Shola.

    Video: http://youtu.be/02i6OKgdg_0 via
    @YouTube

    1
  • snowdone

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    I have also been following Bayer Leverkusen this season. Their best result was last week’s win against Atlético Madrid with Diaby scoring. Our scouts were there along with a number of big six teams.
    Bruno can spot a good pass as we have seen with Newcastle and Brazil. He can be very versatile and does score goals. As we improve the team it will be interesting to see how Bruno’s role involves.

    1
  • snowdone

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Howe’s position will always be in doubt with social and print media, but we fans know the reality. He is supported by the Board with the project in its early stages.

    2
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #32

    snowdone,
    Aye, it’s been spouted by people who haven’t read the room.

    1
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #33

    I honestly hadn’t realised how light we were in central midfield, relying on Willock and Longstaff as our third starter is pretty dire. They’ve obviously thought Longstaff was the better of him and Hayden.

    1
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #34

    If Bruno has publicly announced that he prefers to play as an eight and is getting goals and assists from that position then we need a top class DM, that Bissouma would have been a good signing. I hope Ashworth has a few in his book. So in January, Maddison and a DM.

    0
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #35

    If we’re being greedy a winger as well.

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s creativity we’re in dire need of!

    2
  • investinyouthtoon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Always rated diaby, but I feel with bigger clubs already in CL scouting him, it could be that we’re not yet at the level to attract these players.

    Maddison imo is slightly more likely than diaby is. I’d love to be wrong and we sign both diaby and Maddison, that would be magnificent business.

    1
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #38

    CLINT FLICK,
    A top DM allows Bruno to get further forward, I’m not sure how it worked out but results spoke for themselves last season, we were better with Shelvey in the team, but he was classed as a holding midfielder, surely it can’t be that difficult to find a player better suited to that role.

    0
  • magicmac54

    Sep 20, 2022 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Evening Folks

    Steve Wraith and Ben Jacobs, and they are discussing Rafa and his time at Newcastle HWTL

    https://youtu.be/EyIz26_f6v4

    0
  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #40

    investinyouthtoon,
    Unfortunately we read about it all the time, the lure of CL seems to be a huge factor in attracting players. When Liverpool had their blip during the pan demic, their fans were genuinely worried they might lose VVD and Salah due to no CL.

    1


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