Pope not alone for praising

Nick Pope. Photo: Reuters

Euan Parsons

Sean Dyche believes in-form Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is not the only one in his squad playing well enough to be considered for England selection.

Pope earned the praise of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after pulling off a series of "sensational" saves as the Clarets ended the Reds' 100 per cent home record in the league by holding them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The 28-year-old is in the running for the Premier League's Golden Glove award after keeping 14 clean sheets this campaign, further enhancing his prospects of becoming a future England number one.

Dyche insists that Pope deserves the plaudits he has been receiving but thinks his team-mates James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil have also done enough to be in England boss Gareth Southgate's thoughts.

Speaking before this evening's visit of Wolves, the Burnley boss said: "I get on well with Gareth when I speak to him. Would I offer the obvious that he (Pope) is playing very well? Yes. I think James Tarkowski as well is playing very well, amongst others - Dwight. Dwight's getting towards a full season in the Premier League at 20 years old. After playing half a season last season he's hardly missed a minute, to be fair to the lad. So there are three I'd certainly offer are playing well enough to be considered."

Dyche knows all about the threat posed by sixth-placed Wolves, who returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Everton last time out. He said: "I like what they do, I like their side. I think they've got a good mixture in the squad."

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