Joey Barton: "Nick Pope should be England No 1 for me"

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Joey Barton: "Nick Pope should be England No 1 for me"


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England have major question marks about who will fill the void in goal this summer in Russia.

But for Joey Barton, there's an answer. Keith Andrews bumped into the midfielder during our Burnley Special on the Keith Andrews Show and for Barton, it's Burnley keeper Nick Pope who is heading his queue ahead of Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

"Nick Pope should be England No 1 for me," he said.

"I've seen him in training daily. In terms of shot-stopping ability, I think, you'd do well to find better than him. He is that good.

"I saw him obviously six months before everyone's seeing what they're seeing now and training every day.

"It didn't surprise me. Some people, you've played with them and they're brilliant in training and then they don't really do it in games because of the pressure. But I've seen [Pope] do it in training."  

The full Burnley Special is available to watch back on YouTube:


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