England squad regular in doubt for Euro 2020 due to upcoming operation

Date published: Sunday 23rd May 2021 4:13 - Samuel Bannister

Nick Pope is due to have an operation on his knee and thus faces a race against time to make the England squad for Euro 2020.

The 29-year-old will have surgery next week, his club Burnley said. He will be assessed to see if he will make England’s squad for the tournament. Gareth Southgate will confirm his 26-man selection on Tuesday ahead of this summer’s competition. It remains to be seen if Pope will be in it.

“Unfortunately, Nick is going to need a minor operation on his knee this week,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche told BT Sport, as he was forced to leave Pope out of the season-ending clash with Sheffield United.

“That’s not ideal for him or us and possibly for the England team. We’ll wait and see.

“It’s nothing too serious, we don’t think, but it still needed doing.

“He was trying to get right for this game to give it a test but didn’t quite come through in training. So he and we have had to make a judgement call on that.

“It’s mainly down to him and he knows what he’s got to do. He’ll have that (the operation) done this week and hopefully it will settle down for a quick recovery.”

Pope important for England

Nick Pope Burnley v Brighton February 2021

Despite Jordan Pickford being recognised by most as England’s number one, Pope started all three games in the most recent international break.

He has made seven caps for his country to date after debuting in 2018.

Pope’s 2020-21 season concluded with 32 Premier League appearances and one in the EFL Cup.

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