Unflappable Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope claims he would not concern conceding extra Harry Kane targets when the lowly Clarets go to Spurs… however admits being England team-mates has not helped him cease Tottenham’s lethal talisman
- Nick Pope faces common tormentor Harry Kane when Burnley journey to Tottenham
- In-form striker Kane has scored six targets in six towards England team-mate Pope
- Burnley are in a relegation battle whereas Spurs are chasing the Champions League
- Pope says his farmer father has contributed to his calm Premier League shows
Kane has scored six in six towards his worldwide team-mate, together with targets in Tottenham’s final two house video games towards the Clarets which have led to 4-0 and 5-0 victories.
‘I’ve seen Harry nearer up than most however I do not assume it is helped. His purpose report towards me is respectable, which suggests not!’ says Pope, 30, who has gained eight England caps.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope (proper) is an England team-mate of Tottenham striker Harry Kane
Any closeness the pair share has not resulted in Kane easing off towards Pope throughout membership responsibility
‘I do not assume I will probably be giving our defenders an excessive amount of recommendation. In the event you inform them one factor to be careful for, I’m certain Harry will discover one thing else.’
Burnley suffered their first defeat beneath interim boss Mike Jackson final week and are scrapping for survival with Leeds and Everton, with simply two factors separating them.
Pope says Burnley try to make use of the relative dimension of their rivals to their benefit. ‘We’re the underdogs, given the stature and historical past of the opposite golf equipment,’ he admits.
Pope appreciates the necessity to keep unflappable, with Burnley additionally dealing with Aston Villa in midweek earlier than ending off at house to Newcastle.
Kane scored two in a 3-0 win over Arsenal and is now aiming to offer Burnley related therapy
‘My dad is a farmer and has that pure [calm] manner. It’s in all probability the place I get it from,’ he says.
‘At house, it is essential to change off and reset. As soon as the sport has gone, there isn’t any level going loopy about it — have downtime, come into the constructing on Monday and problem once more.’
After years of enjoying behind a settled again 4, Pope has to take care of accidents to key central defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, however says the affect of Nathan Collins on the again has prevented it from being a catastrophe.
‘Nathan is 21 occurring 33, he seems to be like he has performed 100 league video games. All credit score to him.’
Pope has one relegation on his CV with Charlton earlier than he joined Burnley. ‘We have been lower adrift by February and went down with just a few video games to spare,’ he recollects. ‘We obtained tennis balls chucked at us and [plastic] pigs thrown on the pitch.
‘I do not assume there will probably be something like that at Burnley!’